Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has advocated for equal facilities for the disabled children for education with other students in the mainstream schools instead of setting up separate schools for the physically challenged pupils.
“Every school should have equal facilities for the disabled children for education with other students,” the Prime Minister said addressing a programme to mark the 25th International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bangladesh observed the day as 18th National Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Prime Minister said her government has planned to bring the persons with disabilities from children to old-age citizens under a social protection programme.
She said a survey to identify the disabled people across the country has began to this end.
Every disabled person will get financial support from the government along with health and education facilities, she said urging the corporate sectors and well-off people to widen their doors for development and employment of the disabled persons.
The day is being observed in Bangladesh with theme “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, which notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs Ministry Dr Mozammel Hossain attended the function as special guests while State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed was in the chair.
Hasina distributed crests and certificates among different organizations and individuals in three categories for their contribution to welfare and development of the disabled persons.
She also inaugurated an eight-day “Protibondhi Uttaran Mela” (Disabled Development Fair) at Mirpur 14 under the auspices of the Dhaka North City Corporation through a video conference with Mayor Annsiul Haq.
Hasina said the position of the persons living with disabilities will be strengthened as many of them are brilliant.
“We have to create scope for them to flourish their talent,” she said adding that her government was to change the fate of all people where disabled persons would not be dropped out.
So far 103 service centers were established as part of the government’s plan to establish service centers in every district and upazila for disabled persons where around five lakh autistic children are getting different services free of cost, she said, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Thirty-two mobile therapy vans were introduced in rural areas to serve the disabled persons, she added.
Hasina mentioned her daughter’s dedicated services to the children suffering from autism saying her service has contributed to creating a massive awareness in people about the metabolic disorder.
The Prime Minister announced her plan to establish a school for disabled beside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban saying that the government has allocated about Tk 540 crore for allowance to insolvent disabled persons.
Social Welfare Ministry has so far identified 1500,000 people living with disability and half of them are getting monthly allowance, she said.