Amarok Society is a Canadian Registered Charity formed in 2006 to address the global education crisis. Its operations are currently centred in Bangladesh, though it has also worked in Pakistan, Nigeria, and will soon be opening in India.
Amarok Society’s vision is that every child in the world grows up free from poverty, exploitation, and violence, and that they have the freedom to direct their own lives - to explore and contribute their full potential to the world.
Our mission is to provide access to quality education to the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world in order to achieve our vision. We do this by teaching mothers in urban slums to become neighborhood teachers, thereby providing education to children and transforming the role of oppressed women within their communities.
We reach children who have no access to a quality education by opening schools for mothers. Through this novel approach to education, each mother we teach then teaches what she’s learned to children in the community, including her own. By teaching mothers to teach children, we are providing lessons in literacy, math, and nutrition, as well as basic health and hygiene. This allows children who would otherwise grow up illiterate to advance to secondary school, where they often graduate and continue on to a university education.
We also provide workshops for mothers which teach tools for conflict mitigation, skills like sewing and small business accounting, community outreach through drama, and civic engagement. We encourage and support mothers in tackling social issues which affect their lives. We help elevate the status of mothers within their community so that they may play a role in actively shaping their neighborhoods.
Because we're after the poorest urban children.
The world they're growing up in is a dangerous one; chaotic, unpredictable, and precarious. Reaching these children will never be as simple as sitting them down in front of a desk: sustainability starts with stabilizing the slum they wake up in every morning.
So, it's not just that a mother can always reach her child, even when conventional schools can't. It's that a mother can transform the world her child is growing up in.
If you teach a mother, she invests that learning back into her community. She'll use her empowerment to stand up for women's rights, children's rights, peace, and equality. She'll use her success to improve life for everyone in the slum.
As a Board of Director member at Amarok Society, your role will be to provide strategic oversight and governance, to engage community members and advocate for the organization, and to provide fundraising support. In the coming year, we are hoping to add 3 board members who are deeply invested in advancing our plans for expansion, and who are willing to play an active fundraising role. We are seeking members who are committed to our vision of quality universal education, and who believe their individual strengths make them uniquely suited to contribute to our mission.
Provide strategic guidance: Contribute to the development and implementation of the organization's strategic plan and ensure alignment with its mission, vision, and values.
Financial oversight: Review and approve the annual budget, monitor financial performance, and ensure appropriate financial controls and accountability.
Advocacy and community engagement: Act as an ambassador for the organization, advocate for the rights and needs of the populations we serve, and actively engage with stakeholders.
Governance and risk management: Ensure the organization operates in compliance with legal and ethical standards, oversee risk management practices, and support the evaluation of the organization's performance.
Collaboration with management: Collaborate with the executive director and management team, offering guidance and support while respecting the boundaries between governance and management functions.
Committee participation: Serve on board committees as required, bringing relevant expertise to committee discussions and activities.
Fundraising support: Support the organization's fundraising efforts by leveraging personal networks, making contributions, and participating in fundraising events.
Professional experience: Demonstrated expertise in accounting, finance, law, administration, policy, legal (lawyer), or advocacy, with a focus on supporting immigrant and refugee communities.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion: Strong belief in the value of diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to promoting equitable opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds.
Board experience: Previous experience serving on a board of directors or advisory board is highly desirable.
Communication skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
Analytical and strategic thinking: Strong analytical and strategic thinking abilities to contribute to the organization's long-term planning and decision-making processes.
Time commitment: Availability to attend regular board meetings (approximately 3-4 per year) and participate in committee meetings and organizational events.
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