My Turn to Learn - Then and now
7 May 2019
Earlier this year, staff from Sense International went to Bangladesh to see first-hand the impact the My Turn to Learn UK Aid Match appeal has had. They visited three children with deafblindness and their families to find out exactly how they have benefitted from our inclusive education programme. Elisabeth Schuetz, Senior Communications Officer, reports.
Then: When Sense International first met Morium she was very isolated. She had dropped out of primary school due to her vision and hearing impairment, which made it tough for her to follow the lessons.
Now: After support from our local partners and disability training for her teachers, Morium was re-enrolled into school. Now aged 20, she goes to secondary school where she has flourished and recently came third in an essay writing contest. She told us her hopes for the future are to finish school, find a good job, and maybe become a teacher herself.
Then: Afsana was born with partial deafblindness and developmental problems. She lives with her parents, a shop owner and seamstress, and three siblings who were not sure how they could help her. When the field educators first met her aged eight, she was silently sitting in her father’s small shop, unable to do much on her own. After explaining to Afsana’s family about her disabilities, she started to receive physical therapy. She soon began to walk more confidently and do daily activities, such as brushing her teeth, almost independently.
Now: 12-year-old Afsana has now joined a pre-school where she enjoys interacting with the other children and looking through the different picture books. As her needs are complex she does require one-to-one support which means she is currently only able to attend one day a week when our field educator visits. We hope to be able to increase our support to Afsana and many more children like her in the future. Every child deserves to live, learn and thrive.
Then: Horium had two strokes when she was just 15 months old. These cased her to have physical problems on her right hand side, making it difficult for her to walk or hold things with her hand. She also has a vision and hearing impairment and suffers from epileptic seizures.
Now: Seven-year old Horium has a real thirst for knowledge. She started primary school this January after being supported by our programme. She is quite shy and she is still getting used to the busy school environment – but her face lights up when she is singing along with her field educator and practising her counting.
With the generous support of the British public and UK government, Sense International has begun delivering a life-changing programme of inclusive education and vocational training in Bangladesh. With your help, Sense International is supporting children and adults with deafblindness across the world to live, learn and thrive. Thank you.
First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019