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About Us
Grameen Shikkha Board of Directors includes personalities who are nationally and internationally renowned for their contribution toward humanity and developmentThe Board consists of nine Members – a Chairperson, a Managing Director and seven Members.

Chairman's Office
Professor Muhammad YunusProfessor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, has inspired the micro credit movement around the world. Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Besides the Nobel Prize, Professor Yunus has been awarded numerous awards including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009, Global Humanitarian Award 2008, RED CROSS Gold Medal 2007, Harvard University Neustadt Award 2006, The Economist Innovation Award 2004, Colombian National Merit Order Award 2003, Mahatma Gandhi Award 2002, Ho Chi Minh Award 2001, King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Award 2000, Award of the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Senate 2000, Rotary Award for World Understanding 1999, International Simon Bolivar Prize 1996, World Food Prize 1994, CARE Humanitarian Award 1993, Bangladesh Central Bank Award 1985, Ramon Magsaysay Award 1984 etc. in recognition for his outstanding contribution toward poverty reduction, world peace and human development.

Professor Yunus founded Grameen Shikkha, a not-for-profit social enterprise incorporated under the Companies Act 1994, to promote development of education in the country especially amongst the poor and disadvantaged and has been its Chairperson since Shikkha was established in 1997. He has been working for Shikkha on a fully voluntary basis.

Board of Directors

Beside its Chairman, the following persons are in Grameen Shikkha Board of Directors.

Nurjahan Begum

Managing Director, Grameen Shikkha

Ms. Nurjahan Begum worked as Acting Managing Director of Grameen Bank (GB) when its founder Professor Muhammad Yunus left the bank in 2011. She is also serving in the boards of several organizations like Grameen Trust, Grameen Shakti, Grameen Knitwear, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Healthcare Services Ltd., Grameen Telecom, Grameen Distribution Ltd., and Center for Mass Education in Science (CMES), Bangladesh. She was awarded the Susan M. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 by Grameen Foundation. She was also awarded the World Summit Millennium Development Goals Award 2009 and the Vision Award 2009. She participated in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit held in Los Angeles in 2007 and was appointed president to the Foundation for Justice Prize giving ceremony held in Valencia, Spain in 2007. Ms. Nurjahan has been working as Managing Director of Grameen Shikkha since Shikkha was founded in 1997.

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Till June 15, 2011 Grameen Shikkha received more than 180 million taka from 183 persons and institutions from all continents of the world to support more than 2,600 poor students.

Grameen Shikkha scholarship program is spread over all 64 districts of the country and our scholars are doing excellent in their studies. Our scholarship program has attracted wide attention all over the world. Ms. Monica Yunus, famous singer and daughter of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, has donated a fund of 10.2 million taka to Grameen Shikkha Scholarship Management Program to start 150 permanent scholarships for poor students of Bangladesh. The fund came from one of Monica’s own concerts organized in the US. The Shirin Merali Foundation of the USA has recently started a scholarship program to support 200 poor girls studying in different universities of Bangladesh.
We are also conducting some other programs like Early Childhood Care and Development, Vocational Training Program and Non-formal Education for Slum Children in different areas of Bangladesh. We conducted a vocational training course, under our vocational training program, for Grameen Shamogree (Grameen Products) to provide training in tailoring and dressmaking to poor adolescent girls and women in Chilmari, one of the poorest and vulnerable areas in the north of Bangladesh, so that they could work in Grameen Shamogree local production centers in the area. We have also trained more than a hundred technicians of Grameen Shakti (Grameen Energy).

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  • To provide financial support to poor meritorious students in the form of scholarship.
  • To promote mass education through formal and non-formal methods.
  • To organize facilities for education and training.
  • To promote new and appropriate technologies such as satellite, Internet, distance learning methods etc. as well as innovate ideas and methods for development of education with a view to alleviating illiteracy.
  • To conduct research and undertake experimentation in the field of education.
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