Trip to a Wi-Fi Village
A big portion among the public university students comes from villages. Even starting from the current high officials to a single would be key factor of Bangladesh have come from the villages. As agriculture based economic country, the villages are considered as the root of all Bangladeshis. From the beginning leaps of school ground we commonly learn drawing an image of an ideal village. A common scenario peeps on the mind of every child and they grow up with the mental setup that one had drawn in primary school.
The dewdrops on the crop leafs in the morning brighten like a pearl responding the sunshine in morning, the people goes to croplands at dawn, a river crossing through the village and a small bazar is settled at the bank of river, the crickets make noise at evening, the students read under the lamp and so on. This should have been the characteristics of a village that we commonly rear up on mind but recently the common believe has been shuttered visiting our friend Srabon's village in Kushtia. It is one of the remotest areas of Bangladesh and about 300 km distance from Dhaka.
As part of our vision to visit all districts of the country, recently we wished to pay a visit to Srabon's residence. Srabon is one of the vibrant figures on the university campus amongst our quorum. We expected a refusal from him as the common cases as he does but, this time, he responded to our wishes blissfully within no time and he took all the responsibilities to organize the trip as a host.
Konok, Munna, Asif, Aqib and I along with Srabon set outing a golden sunny morning from the Jahangirnagar University campus to Srabon's village and reached at night propelling about 300 km distance. His village is exactly located at a triangle of Kushtia, Chuadanga, and Meherpur districts.
Getting fresh, we were chalking out an itinerary for coving three districts, at that time, Srabon's two grader younger came to us and asked whether we need Wi-Fi password or not! We got stuck for a while because our experience was bitter for the poor level transportation system on the way and the infrastructures was not bearing any update sign that is why; this type of offer was like an Aladin's magic lamp.
The most astonishing as well as the most interesting thing was happened at the following morning on the way back to the home taking bathe from the water reservoir, that is streaming at the edge of the village, we discover the location of the Wi-Fi router. The Wi-Fi router is suspended from an electric pole next to the house as several houses can enjoy better internet experiences using a single router. The suspended router is kept in a closed bucket so that the natural occurrences, e.g., fog, rain, or scorching heat cannot damage it out.
We discovered many more such type of suspended routers over the village. Shanta Cable Network has taken the initiatives to bring the villagers under high speed internet service. The impact of the internet connection is also mentionable and eye sighting. The education institutes including primary schools are brought under Wi-Fi network for providing better schooling using updated technology. The Head Teacher of Ashannagar Government Primary School shared his experience us that they had a multimedia classroom previously but due to having no high speed internet service it was not on functioning but now the situation has changed.
The member of the union parishad Nowab Ali shares his assessments describing the positive and negative impacts of the service available in the village. He said that the main beneficiary groups are the family of the diasporas and the students because the diasporas are getting connected easily with their family members which is helping strengthen the family ties and the students are getting internet access to be connected with the update world.
The unemployed youths are entering into freelance market learning basic graphics designing, web designing, web development courses and they are making handsome money from there. The Wi-Fi facilities are helping to reduce unemployment problems; consequently, the social culture is being reformed quickly. But some perverted youth are getting addicted to off scenes and it is a big concern for the society, a compact solution urgently should be taken, said Tanvir Ahmed, a student of Kushtia Government College.
Exploring the whole village, we talked to Srabon's Father Md Helal Uddin, a homoeopathy doctor, about the effects of internet connection. He shared us about his experience of learning internet usage from his young offspring. He is planning to bring his profession under computerized system as he has recently taken a professional computer course at the age of 58.
Writer is a student of Chemistry department, Jahangirnagar University