Learning environment

Integrated learning environment crucial for the development of children with autism: PM Hasina

An integrated learning environment is very important for the mental and physical development of children with special needs, including those with autism.

“The integrated learning environment is very important for the development of intellect and thinking of children with special needs,” she said.

The premier made the remarks while virtually inspecting the architectural plan of the “National Academy for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NAAND) complex” from her official residence in Ganobhaban on Wednesday.

The complex of international standards aims to ensure fair and equitable education for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD).

She said: “An open and natural environment plays a vital role in the physical and mental growth of children with special needs.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated his call to ensure a “cross-ventilation” system in the construction of any residential building in urban areas.

She also emphasized the training of existing teachers as well as the development of new teachers and trainers for children with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

With regard to the design of the complex building, the Prime Minister emphasized the optimal use of daylight and open air / oxygen circulation, as well as the conservation of the necessary water tanks and an adequate open space with an appropriate fire extinguishing system.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, Deputy Minister of Education, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury, MP, Principal Secretary of PMO, Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah, and Secretary of the Division of Education, secondary and higher education, Md. Abu Bakr Siddique, were present.