Mursalin Zaman, a fifth grader of Miapara Government Primary School in Kurigram, knows how to produce electricity from fruits and vegetables, like lemon and potato, and how an electric motor works.
The 10-year-old boy, from rural Phulbari upazila, also knows why climate change occurs and earth's temperature rises.
The lessons, which he got through the Green School Project for Rural Bangladesh by Light of Hope, a non-government organisation, helped Mursalin and other students of the school enrich their knowledge.
Through the project, Light of Hope set up solar-powered multimedia classrooms, science laboratories, and libraries at two schools in the rural areas of Dhaka and Kurigram, and provided their supplementary audio-visual reading materials to help the students to learn through fun.
“I learned many things from them, and they helped my studies as well. I like the animated videos most because I enjoy them and can learn at the same time,” Mursalin said at a programme yesterday while sharing his experiences.
Light of Hope organised the programme at EMK Center in the capital to share the experiences of the one-year project (January 2016-January 2017), funded by Korean National Commission for Unesco.
Mijanur Rahman, head teacher of the school, said fear of science almost disappeared from the students' minds after getting engaged with the project as they learnt scientific lessons through hands-on activities and audio-visual materials.
They learned eagerly and also grew reading habits, he added.
Waliullah Bhuiyan, chief executive officer of Light of Hope, said their aim was to make the children learn while having fun, instead of going through pressure, and help the students in rural areas learn science and climate change issues easily.
The students in rural areas will be benefited if such projects can be run at other schools in the country, he said.
Representatives of different government and non-government organisations, school teachers, donor organisations, and social workers were present at the programme.