Embrace the Difference 2.0
June 3, 2017
20 underpriviledged,50 differently-able and 60 typically-able children each year
Bangladesh is an unfavourable place to live in especially if someone has some form of disability. The society at best, is going to acknowledge his/her existence, but is not going to do much about it. Thus, with a view to bridging the gap between the ‘able’ and the ‘differently-abled’ community as well as forming an inclusive community for all. We aspire to create a society that is more aware of intellectual disability and does not consider it a curse. We aim to provide high-school and university students the rare opportunity of making friends with special children and making a meaningful difference in the lives of these special kids. Through this project, the privileged class of the society will be able to understand these kids better, make friendship with them and at the same time, create a sustainable impact in their lives. This is a journey that will reorient the way we see the world and clear a lot of misconceptions in our minds.
Bangladesh has made significant gains on many Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets including progress on reducing poverty, maternal mortality, child mortality and under-nutrition, increasing enrolment in primary education and achieving gender parity in education, and increasing access to safe water. But do we know how children with disabilities have been impacted by this progress? National averages can sometimes mask deeply entrenched disparities. There is evidence to suggest that people with disabilities, including children, often lag well behind national averages of progress on MDG targets due to various social, cultural and economic barriers. In Bangladesh, there is also a growing realization that the main constraint faced by children with disabilities is not the child’s impairment, but widespread prejudice and discrimination. Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do. Bangladesh was among the first countries to ratify and bring into force the two most significant global treaties that protect the rights of children with disabilities: the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But its implementation is yet to come. Thus this project is designed to create awareness about the differently-abled children and make sure that they are not marginalized in the process.
Global support is extremely necessary as this project requires a lot of fund.
In Bangladesh children with disabilities have clearly been among the most marginalized when it comes to education. It was reported that out of an estimated 1.6 million children with disabilities in the primary school age group, only 4 per cent had access to education in areas with no disability services. So the impact can be viewed with the increase in number of differently-able children receiving education at the least. However, it will take time and will be measured as soon as the project is over. Besides we have seen significant amount of awareness being created among people.Awareness about equal rights of the differently abled children was created in over 45 schools. With the help of audio-visual, a lot of misconceptions about special kids were cleared and people were ready to accept them as their friends.