Achievements and Success of Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF)
• Development and Adaptation of Standardized Assessment of Tools
With a view to coping up with the modern world, BPF has developed and adapted standardized assessment tools for the disabled children. In this regard, BPF’s role is outstanding and unique.
• Special School
BPF has been working as an indicator to the special need based children for their education, training, rehabilitation and counseling as a structural method in Bangladesh, BPF takes step to strengthen and extend this programmes by decentralization.
• Pre-Vocational and Vocational Training
BPF through sheltered workshop has been rendering different pre-vocational and vocational trainings to the youths and adult disabled according to their aptitude for their engagement in productive works.
• Distance Training Package Programme:
Mothers of the disabled children are provided ‘Pictorial package’ for their training and lesson so that the children maybe well lessoned by their mother and come to the centre for follow up. Later on, experts give guidelines to the mothers.
• Community Based Rehabilitation Programme
People from different strata are to be included to reach the services accessible and doorsteps of the children. That is why CBR programme has been started in 6 different places of Bangladesh. The places are: Dhamrai, Savar, Narshingdi, Kishoregonj, Faridpur, and Mirpur urban area in Dhaka.
• Skill Transfer
It has become possible to strengthen CBR programme through door to door service availability and rehabilitation through minimal cost by experienced experts and field level worker. This skill transfer has been possible due to the involvement of persons from different strata of the society. The children are admitted to the local schools according to their age on completion of home-based training.
• Curriculum Development
BPF is strengthening disabled children education by developing curriculum of special education in different fields like Pre-academic, Academic, Pre-Vocational, Vocational, and Co-education.
• Early Education Programme
Since 2000 BPF has been running 2 pre-school programme for under 5 years children through awareness raising and ecological survey. This is being done for the children’s physical, mental, emotional, social and moral development with community’s assistance.
• Ten Questions Tools
For easy identification under CBR programme through field level worker, BPF has developed a unique system of “Ten Questions Tools”. It may be mentioned here that this tool has been used as a means of easy identification throughout the whole world.
• Inclusive School
In view of the govt’s commitment of “Education for all children by 2015”, BPF as an active member of Save the children, UNICEF, Ministry of Education, BRAC has been conducting “Inclusive School” in every CBR area. Besides, since 1999 BPF has been running “Resource Pack” with ‘Banglakaran’ for regular training of the primary and secondary school teachers with a view to enhancing the progress of Inclusive School.
- School Lunch
A balanced and nutritious school lunch is provided to all rural inclusive school children and the Mipur urban school children. This has improved all children’s growth (weight/age; height/age; weight/height) and promoted physical and psychosocial development.
- Special Olympics
• Child , youth and parents Club
BPF has established Child , youth and parents Club in each CBR and school to empower the children and mother. Through these clubs, co-operative societies have been formed for productive works, observance of national and International days, exchange of information and arrangement of fair. From these sources, they are getting some sorts of mental and financial benefit.
- Promoting Special Education Needs Co-ordination (SENCO)
Recently, under British SENCO system, in regular schools, teachers training and evaluation has been introduced in phases. With this end in view, so far 30 teachers of 25 regular schools have been offered training for the fist time in Kishoregonj district.
- Bangladesh Institute of Special Education
One can not ignore the necessity of experienced and trained up teachers for dealing with disabled segment of children. With this end in view, from the very beginning BPF has been running its various training programmes with local and foreign experts. As a result of which since 1988, BPF with the approval of National University has established “Bangladesh Special Education Institute” from where B.S.Ed. and M.S.Ed degrees are conferred. Besides, Training programmes are available here for different categories of persons for different type of trainings.
A total of 70 students has achieved BSEd and MSEd degrees through Bangladesh Institute of Special Education affiliated with National University.
- Rapid Neuro-developmental Assessment
Primary identification minimizes the risk of disability. This is why through rapid identification of disability strategy survey has been done. Now RNDA, has been implemented.
- Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic (ADOS-G)
BPF translated ADOS More Than words – used in foreign countries as a means of Autism Identification has started education and training in the childrens home-based centers.
- Shishu Bikash Network
The whole activities of BPF through linking, Networking and advocacy are being updated in collaboration with other institutions in respect of information, training and exchange of views. Other institutions similarly strengthening their programmes through this networking, BPF plays its role as an active and principal organ of this Shishu Bikash Network with its experts and worker’s integrated group.
- Economic empowerment of Children with Special Needs and their families
The focal point of BPF is the children with special needs and their family. As a result of which, children with special needs and their family are being rehabilitated and empowered in the society in various ways through income generation and their community participation. At present 55 families in the rural areas and 22 families in the urban areas are empowered in the community.
- Net working-
- BPF makes network with various NGOS, Hospitals, Schools and GOVT, for many purposes. Those children, who are already abused and are at risk being trafficked, sent to proper organizations for management and shelter. CWD are also referred to the hospitals for professional’s help (for further Diagnosis or for procedure to increase mobility).To get easily assistive devices BPF net work with NGOs such as CRP, HICARE. To increase knowledge, skill development for psychosocial support to traumatized children, staffs are given training from the link program.
- Research and Publication
- First Regional Seminar was held on 1994, 3-5th December on From Awareness to Action Ensuring Health, Education and Rights of the Disabled.
- Second Regional Seminar was held on 2004, 4-5 December on Creating Barrier Free Inclusive Community and Rights Based Society for Children with Disability.