Inspiring Change: Kazi Mahamuda Parvin
7 March 2014
Kazi Mahamuda Parvin is an assistant teacher at a primary school in Bangladesh. ‘I had a very limited idea of how to teach children with disabilities,’ she told us. ‘Like many other teachers, I used to think that the presence of children with disabilities might hamper the overall learning environment in the class.’
But her perceptions changed when she received training on inclusive education through Leonard Cheshire Disability’s inclusive education project in Bangladesh, run in partnership with Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK). ‘I had never received training on Braille or Sign Language. The daylong training on each of them organised by the project has really helped me and my colleagues to teach children with disabilities and enhanced our teaching.’
Now Parvin supports 16 children with disabilities in her school. Every month Parvin participates in the school management committee meetings and raises awareness of disability issues with members of the committee. Along with other school teachers, she encourages disabled students to participate school sports. Fourteen children with disabilities were involved in the school annual sports competition, many of them winning prizes.
In addition to the support she offers at school, she visits the children and their families at home to share basic health and hygiene advice and encourage parents to send their children to school on time. She also provides gifts such as writing pads, pencils and erasers to increase their interests in education.