POST TIME: 3 August, 2019 10:07:07 AM
From Dhaka slum to US college
Siam gets fully funded scholarship
UNB, Dhaka

From Dhaka slum to US college

It might sound as a fairy tale to some, but a young boy born in a slum at Rayerbazar is all set to join one of the most renowned colleges in the world. Meet Siam Hussain Shimul, a student of JAAGO Foundation school, who obtained a fully funded scholarship under the 'Dare to Dream' programme of United World College (UWC) in USA. At the age of six, Siam was admitted to the JAAGO foundation's Rayerbazar School in 2007. After 12 years he is going to pursue higher education on the UWC campus in Montezuma, New Mexico.

"I couldn't be the person I'm today without JAAGO's love and care," said Siam. When asked about his achievement, Siam said, "I have been selected based on my good academic results and Co-curricular activities because both are equally important for being selected in a good educational institution." Siam aims to be a doctor in future although he has passion for the communication sector as well. He attained GPA 5 in both his JSC and SSC examination.

Based on the needs of JAAGO students UWC National Committee in Bangladesh assessed four of them and finally selected Siam for the fully funded scholarship. Secretary General of UWC National Committee Bangladesh Ayesha Dada underscored the significance of 'Dare to Dream' scholarship programme saying, "Normally students from privileged family only gain admission in UWC but through this scholarship a new window has opened for Siam which will groom Siam for his higher studies and inspire more children."

Hearing about the journey of Siam, Qatar Airways provided him with free plane ticket to reach USA.

Korvi Rakshand founded JAAGO in 2007 to provide quality education for free to the underprivileged children in a small classroom with only 17 students; Siam being one of them. "Learning and gaining knowledge through fun is the key to our success," Siam added.

He also expressed his gratitude to his 'sponsor parents' who backed his educational expenses since his enrollment in JAAGO School back in 2007.