On Saturday, February 17, 2018, three innovative education services were inaugurated for public use in Bangla Academy Campus at the main stage of Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The inauguration ceremony was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office. Professor Dr. Jafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology inaugurated the services as the Chief Guest of the event. Additional Secretary at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education under the Ministry of Education Mohammad Aminul Islam Khan chaired the event. The services include an “augmented reality” technology based android app called “Bornokhela” dedicated towards enhancing creativity among students who are in pre-primary school or have special needs; science related entertaining game “BigganerRajje” (meaning Kingdom of Science) developed on science textbooks for students of classes 6, 7, and 8; and a YouTube channel “HaaterMuthoyBiggan (Science in our grip)” containing assistive animated education content for students of classes 8, 9, and 10. It is believed that all the three projects funded by a2i’s service innovation fund will become popular among kids and parents of Bangladesh within a short period of time.

By holding “Bornokhela” app, downloadable from Google Play-store, in front of alphabets in pre-primary school textbooks, the pronunciation of the alphabets can be listened to and a 3D floating image would appear on the mobile screen. “BigganerRajje”, downloadable from Google Play-store and Apple app store, allow students to understand and learn the difficult topics of science textbooks through playing an educational game. “HaaterMuthoyBiggan (Science in our grip)” also allows students to understand difficult lessons in science by viewing and listening to animation, graphics, and music.

It is mentionable that service innovation fund of a2i, with technical support from UNDP and USAID, has been providing funding and support to selected, small-scale, innovative pilot projects which have the scope to simplify and improve public service delivery. After piloting, the innovative service/s usually get scaled nationally with the help of relevant government institutions. Throughout the year, any person or institution can submit their innovative ideas and apply for this fund by visiting the website: http://www.ideabank.gov.bd/

Among others, a2i’s Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury, Director of Innovation Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Specialist of Education Faruk Ahmed, Policy Specialist of Education Mohammad Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Technology Expert of Education Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Innovation Specialist Shahida Sultana, Senior Software Engineer Shakila Rahman, Consultant Tanvir Quader and officials from the education ministry, senior officials of multiple organizations, and media personnel were present at the event.

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