Health Desk- 10th Feb, 2020: The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, has donated a 30-seater coaster bus to Cox’s Bazar Arunodoy School, a specialized school for children with disabilities, as part of stepped-up efforts to support the host community.
The handover event was held at new facilities on Sunday where several hundred participants including students with disabilities, teachers and community members attended.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain addressed the function as the chief guest at ceremony while Md Kamal Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, chaired the event. Shaikh Yusuf Harun, Secretary of Public Administration Ministry, Manuel Pereira, Deputy Chief of mission of IOM, and BM Masiur Rahman, National Liaison Officer of IOM, were present among others.
“The Bangladeshi Government is grateful to IOM for their continuous support for persons with disabilities in Cox’s Bazar city and we would be glad if they can also extend this kind of aid in other districts of Bangladesh,” the state minister said.
The government figures state that Cox’s Bazar has 28,000 persons with disabilities and the Arunodoy School aims to help students enter the mainstream education system. Arunodoy is the first institution of its kind in Cox’s Bazar and has opened its doors to 700 students; 500 special needs children and 200 street children, said a press release.
Manuel Pereira, Deputy Chief of Mission of IOM, said: “IOM sees this initiative as a landmark and we hope with it more children will have the opportunity to access education and adequate specialized care.”
Earlier, the UN Migration Agency donated 50 wheelchairs to Arunodoy School for children with special needs. These IOM efforts are parts of stepped-up support for the Bangladeshi host community and for persons with disabilities.