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BBC Janala (Bengali: বিবিসি জানালা) (Translation: BBC Window) is a learning English programme for the people of Bangladesh. It launched in November 2009 and is a unique multi-platform project of UKaid that harnesses multimedia technology to provide affordable education to potentially millions of people in the Bangladeshi-speaking community. The Janala includes mobile subscription, television drama and game show and lessons in leading national daily of Bangladesh.
BBC Janala, a supported program of English in Action, a BBC World Service Trust project, takes it a notch higher with the ambition to raise the English language skills of 27 million Bangladeshis by 2017.By tapping into the growth of Bangladesh’s mobile phone and television industry, BBC Janala is offering affordable English learning tools to millions of people, helping them with the chance of a better job and future. The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development as part of English in Action, a major educational initiative launched in 2008 to raise the language skills of million Bangladeshi people by 2017. It is a partnership between the BBC World Service Trust and BBC Learning English and draws on the shared expertise of using the media to provide affordable and accessible education to all.
Contents of BBC Janala is caters to all levels of experience with ‘Essential English’ for beginners, ‘Pronunciation’ for intermediaries and ‘Vocabulary in the News’ for those more advanced.
By dialling “3000” any of these users can access hundreds of English language audio lessons and quizzes. Content is updated weekly and caters to all levels of experience with ‘Essential English’ for beginners, ‘Pronunciation’ for intermediaries and ‘Vocabulary in the News’ for those more advanced. At the end of December 2009 – a month after launching – over 750,000 calls had been made to the mobile phone service.
BBC Janala program has a dedicated website. It has been launched where users can access free content and join an online community of learners.
BBC Buzz, a weekly youth entertainment show that places English at the centre of young people’s everyday lives. The program broadcast in a prime-time Friday evening slot on satellite channel ATN Bangla, it mixes Bangla and English in features, comedy sketches, cartoons and discussions on subjects ranging from climate change to arranged marriage. Launched in October 2009, the show already has five million viewers. In 2010 BBC janal brought out a TV Drama named Bishaash, the first ever serial drama shot between Bangladesh and London, England. Producer of Bishaash is Mary Hare. Bishaash is a 24-part drama series set in Bangladesh and the UK that will be the first ever supernatural detective series in South Asia. The series is followed by BBC Janala: Mojay Mojay Shekha (Learning with Fun), another entertaining educational game show and comedy which expands on the English used in the drama. Broadcast back-to-back on BTV and BTV World, the programmes provide its 14 million viewers with a fun and accessible way for families to learn English together.
BBC Janala regularly publish daily English learning materials in the Bangladeshi daily newspaper Prothom Alo.
BBC Janala has won a series of international awards including: ‘Microsoft Education Award 2010’ for educational innovation, ‘World Summit Award (WSA) 2010’ for m-learning and education, ‘Global Mobile Award (GSMA) 2011’ for best initiative for underserved segments, ‘World Innovation Summit for Education Award (WISE) 2011’ for innovation in learning, ‘Mbillionth Award 2011’ for m-education, ‘Manthan Award 2011’ for e-education and learning, and ‘E-Asia Award 2011’ for best open and distance learning programme.
Source: Wikipedia, BBC Janala