“I knew that I had to work hard to continue my daily life, and I realized that without education and ICT knowledge, I could never proceed.” – Mohammad Mohiul Hoque, Bangladesh
Mohammad Mohiul Hoque has had to overcome more adversity than most to become an educator, and that may be why he’s such a good one. As a student, Hoque had to walk nearly ten miles to reach a weekly computer class, often arriving only to find that the electricity was out. Simple communication was next to impossible – even receiving mail from his “local” post office could take a month.
Rather than getting discouraged, though, Hoque became more determined to pursue his own education, and to make life easier for others. To address the postal service issue, he established a post office at his school, which now serves more than 100,000 people. And he not only learned how to use computers, he’s now sharing that knowledge with his students and fellow teachers.
According to Hoque, “In the Madrasahs of Bangladesh, we can use very limited new technology because of unavailability of funding. Most of the students in our Madrasah (a Microsoft Mentor School) are very poor. We are giving thousands of students a free education. So using the latest technology is very hard for us.” But lack of resources hasn’t slowed him down.
Hoque’s Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert learning activity, On the Net, is a great example of maximizing scarce resources to make a real difference. With only a limited number of computers, Hoque has found a way to engage his students by using the Internet for research. Students work in small groups to find answers to a specific question – then problem-solve together to get to the best solution. His students are not only advancing in their studies of core subjects, they’re also gaining the collaboration and technology skills they’ll need for their next steps. (See his technique play out inside his classroom here.)
Basic computer literacy remains a challenge in many parts of the world, but with dedicated educators like Mohammad Mohiul Hoque, students in even the most remote areas can become skilled citizens of the 21st century. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure, our first from Bangladesh.
What inspired you to become an educator?
My struggle to learn computers and gain knowledge inspired me, and my parents always encouraged me to become an educator. I knew that I had to work hard to continue my daily life, and I realized that without education and ICT knowledge, I could never proceed.
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom?
Using new technology boosts my students’ confidence to achieve educational values and goals. And the fact that I have received many prizes, prestigious awards, and certificates from local and international bodies for my great learning outcomes is evidence of the impact of using technology by my students.
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
After struggling for five or six years, I established an ICT lab in my Madrasah. The lab was set by the Ministry of ICT, Government of Bangladesh. In this ICT lab, we had only eight computers for 1100 students. The larger problem is how to teach all students equally, because my Madrasah provides free education to students, free ICT training for teachers, educators and girls (through a Women’s Empowerment Program) from different schools, colleges, polytechnics, universities and Madrasah in Bangladesh and to the community. I am trying to overcome these great problems but I haven’t yet found any solution.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I am very much excited to be a Microsoft Expert Educator and for my Madrasah to be a Microsoft Mentor School. In this way, I am learning and introducing many people to more and more ICT knowledge, along with the latest Microsoft software and new technology.
My biggest hope is that all of my students will be equipped with ICT knowledge, the latest MS software and new technology. I hope that they will be role models to other schools in the country and will be 21st century global citizens. Meeting international standards by using technology for education in innovative ways, my Madrasah will be the model future school of our region. I am very much grateful and many thanks from my heart to Microsoft along with all of its officials for giving me and my Madrasah this unique opportunity.
About Mohammad Mohiul Hoque
Principal; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Naziria Naymia Mahmudia Madrasah
- Birthplace: Chittagong, Bangladesh
- Educational background: Senior Research Fellow (Education), Durham University UK, Master of Business Administration, (HRM)KAMIL; MA
- Blog: www.hmhoq.blogspot.com
- Website I check every day: www.pil-network.com
- Favorite childhood memories: One of my favorite memories isreceiving new books on the first day at Madrasah.
- Favorite book: Any ICT related books.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Windows, MS Office, Surface.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Be positive and work hard.