My Turn to Learn
Like in many other countries in the developing world, children with deafblindness in Bangladesh face huge challenges. Most are excluded from school, often because teaching staff don’t have the skills to support them and families are overwhelmed by the emotional and practical challenges. Without access to education, the children remain at home, and will not develop the vital communication and life skills they require to achieve basic independence.
Morium Begum from Narsingdi in Bangladesh faced these challenges. When Sense International first met her, deteriorating eyesight and hearing loss meant that she was on the verge of being taken out of school. Aged nine, her future looked similar to that of tens of thousands of children with disabilities across Bangladesh – a lifetime of social isolation – not able to contribute to the community.
Today, aged sixteen, with the support of Sense International, Morium has become one of the first children with deafblindness in Bangladesh to pass her primary school exams. She has grown into a confident young woman, with friends and a bright future.
Morium’s life story is one of hope, but she is one of the lucky ones.
What we will achieve with your support
Building on 20 years of experience working with people with deafblindness, we will deliver a life-changing programme of inclusive education and vocational training in Bangladesh.
With your support we will
- Train mainstream school teachers on how to include children with deafblindness - improving learning quality and reducing drop-out rates
- Provide targeted meals for children who are malnourished, so they are well enough to learn
- Recruit and train Special Educators who will work with dozens of families, enabling children with deafblindness to attend mainstream school or learn at home
- Create a new Regional Resource Centre – a hub of expertise for schools and parents to enable children with deafblindness across the region to get the best possible education
How your donation towards the My Turn to Learn appeal can be used by Sense International
- £10 – can provide the best possible tailored support
- £15 – will provide targeted meals for a malnourished child for three months; an essential factor in supporting their ability to learn
- £80 – will buy glasses and hearing aids to help a child with low level sight or hearing
- £100 – will train one young adult in a trade, providing independence and reducing poverty
- £200 – will convert one classroom to make it accessible for children with disabilities
- £500 – will train a Special Educator to provide the best education possible for children with deafblindness
- £5,000 – will establish a ‘model school’ which is accessible to children with deafblindness; including ramp access, accessible toilets, dedicated transport and specialised teaching and learning materials so that other schools can see how change is possible
- £15,000 – pays for Sense International to deliver a national skills-sharing programme to help schools across Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi government improve inclusive education for children with deafblindness across the country
UK Aid Match
Every donation made until 17 January 2018 will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, doubling the impact of your support for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children and young people.
UK Aid Match was set up by the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) to give a boost to public support for charities working in the developing world. It doubles public donations to appeals run by British international development charities, in recognition of both the public’s generosity and the wide range of causes they support. Visit UK Aid Match website for more information.
First published: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 3 June 2020