Korvi Rakshand was a delegate from the 2011 International Leadership Summit in Doha and he is founder of JAAGO Foundation in Bangladesh. Korvi completed his schooling from Scholastica and then pursued higher education at University of London under one of its International Programmes for Distance Learning, from Bangladesh.
“I remember a delegate from Bangladesh (Korvi Rakshand). He had started a school from a small classroom, giving a chance for poor children to study. What he did really inspired me to do the same.” Yuhendra (Indonesia), delegate from 2011 Summit.
JAAGO Foundation is an organisation run by a group of young, dedicated volunteers who aspire to break the cycle of poverty for the people of Bangladesh. The Foundation aims to do this through education and runs the only free-of-cost English medium schools in Bangladesh, enrolling students from the poorest families. The Foundation also addresses the most basic human needs and provides food, first aid and hygiene education to its students.
Earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB), Korvi turned away from a career in law and instead joined forces with a few friends to bring about his dream of a free of cost, English Medium School. His dream started life in 2007 as a carpet, a black board, a box of chalks and a handful of local students. Today, JAAGO is a well known, youth-based organisation with over 1,600 students, eight branches and 10,000 plus volunteers.
In 2011, the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) jointly launched the first ever “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders,” a special project that captures the extraordinary impact on international affairs of 99 diverse Millennials under the age of 33. The list and individual profiles of the Top 99 Under 33 offer insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the young people like you who are already tackling the world’s critical global challenges. By design, this list is broad and diverse, encompassing entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists, bankers, activists, and scientists – as well as diplomats and soldiers. This reflects our belief that foreign policy in the 21st Century is entrepreneurial, and made by leaders from all sectors.
Korvi’s response to all of this:
“People call it charity. I call it responsibility.”