Created in response to COVID-19, teaching fellows worked with IMHA to design and implement project focused on improving mental health outcomes for school-age children during lockdown.
Fellows began by assessing the mental health of their students through phone interviews, confirming the initial hypothesis that student mental health would suffer during lockdown. Next, fellows designed therapeutic activities involving art (pictured left), writing and play that students could engage with from their homes.
Week-by-week, students engaged with activities and fellows completed weekly check-in calls with students to monitor their process. As schools prepared to open again, the fellows wrapped up the project by completed a post-assessment with students and parents, measuring the impact of the interventions on student mental health.
Farzana Hoque Prity is an educator, leadership enthusiast and a change maker who is dedicated to working tirelessly inside and outside of the classroom to drive the whole child development. She is a 2019 alum of Teach for Bangladesh, where she had the chance to work both in Government Primary school
and in her second year fellowship journey
she worked in a NGO-based school.
During lock down, Prity made the best use of time executing distance learning for her second graders. At the same time , she along with her colleagues provided mental well being support for their students through Project KYM ( kind to your Mind).
Moreover, Prity also provided reading materials to her students, engaging her students in various activities via various distant projects under Teach for Bangladesh. And currently, in pursuit of making a meaningful contribution to our education sector,
she is doing M.Ed at BRAC University.
Nadia Afrin is an educator and social justice worker who is passionate about working for children's empowerment and believes that with collective effort we can build a space where all children can unleash their true potential. She is a 2019 Teach For Bangladesh alum, who relentlessly worked in a government primary school in a low-income community in Dhaka.
Her current work during the pandemic includes providing remote learning to her students, engaging, and advising their parents via various distant projects. Additionally, she executed kids entrepreneurship as a community-based action project to mitigate student dropout, created various opportunities for students like field trips to kids libraries and museums, attending seminars and literature festivals. Prior to this she worked in the education sector since 2013 as an educator and instructor in various English medium schools, ELT for government medical college students and as a recruiter at Teach For Bangladesh.
Nashia Tasnim is an educator who is working for reducing educational inequity in Bangladesh to establish social justice. She has worked as a fellow in Teach For Bangladesh for two years and served under resourced children for ensuring quality education for them. She also worked to empower the under resourced children and communities with mental well-being, literacy development and environmental projects to
address few issues within the community.
She is currently working as a coach in the leadership development team of Teach For Bangladesh to inspire and mentor young professionals to invest in ensuring leadership and quality education to underserved communities to reduce social injustice. She is pursuing her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from Brac University. She is an Economics graduate from North South University.
Rechel Auditi Rema is a result-driven educator and researcher with more than 3 years of working experience in the education and agriculture sector. She is passionate to work for underserved communities to build an inclusive and equitable society. As a Fellow of Teach For Bangladesh, she has worked in an under resourced community school of Dhaka city for two years. During her TFB fellowship days, she initiated 5 social action projects focusing on mental well-being, literacy and safe internet use of children. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed degree from Brac University to make more impacts in the area of education.
Prior to working in the education sector, Rechel completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics from Bangladesh Agricultural University. In 2017, she was selected for a National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh to conduct her MS research intensively in the agricultural field. Additionally, she has served as a Junior Research Fellow for 1.5 years in the BangFish project Funded by Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
Art created by students in the Kind to Your Mind Program in 2020