News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasised on the importance of an integrated learning environment for children with special needs.
“Integrated learning environment is very important for the development of intellect and thinking of children with special needs," she said.
The premier said this while witnessing the presentation of the architectural design of the National Academy for Autism and Neuro-Development Disabilities (NAAND) Complex on Wednesday morning at her official residence Ganabhaban, according to a press release of the Prime Minister's Press Wing.
Moreover, an open and natural environment also plays an important role in the physical and mental growth of such children than any normal child, she opined.
Hasina reiterated her call for ensuring a "cross-ventilation" system in the construction of any residential building in urban areas.
She also stressed on providing training to the existing teachers alongside developing new teachers and trainers for autism and neuro-development disabilities children.
Regarding the design of the complex building, the Prime Minister put emphasis on the optimal use of daylight and open-air/ oxygen circulation as well as ensuring conservation of necessary water reservoirs and adequate open space with a proper fire extinguishing system.
The National Academy for Autism and Neuro-Development Disabilities (NAAND) Complex is being constructed as an international standard academy to ensure fair and equal education for Autism and NDD children in the country.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, MP, PMO Senior Secretary Tofazzel Hossain Miah, and Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Division Secretary Abu Bakr Siddique were also present there.