Did you know, according to Bangladesh’s Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, that Bangladesh is home to over 40 million students with diverse needs?
If teachers don’t understand these needs and how to cater for them, children with disabilities could miss out on their education.
Earlier this year, when the Australian High Commission met with our project team in Bangladesh, they visited Pachpeer Protabi Primary School – one of the disability-inclusive schools our team had been supporting in the local area.
The teachers spoke all about how the school has become more accessible and how they’re now reaching out to the local community to help families understand and access their services.
Mr Fakrul Islam, the Head Teacher there, mentioned that their newly accessible classes were “changing the mindset of other schools in the community” as well, which is resulting in even more students with disabilities enrolling!
It’s an important outcome for the Australian High Commissioner (and all of us) to understand and see in action that the best change is the one that’s led by local communities.