Six visually impaired students of Manab Kalyan Trust, a humanitarian organization in Pabna, have passed the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations with flying colours. They appeared in the exams with assistance of stenographers in Braille system.
They were known as Khokon Ali, Rakib Hassan, Ruhul Amin, Yunus Ali, Saiful Islam and Golok Mondal.
Of them, Khokon Ali, son of Saidul Islam of Baoitara village under Sayedabad in Sirajganj, secured GPA-4.42 in the examinations.
Rakib Hassan, son of Muntaz Ali of Bangala Pratap village under Ullapara in Sirajganj, bagged GPA-4.33.
Ruhul Amin, son of Moazzem Pramanik of Nazirpur village in Pabna, got GPA-4.67.
Yunus Ali, son of Tofayel Ahmed of Bujiam village under Trishal in Mymensingh, secured GPA-4.08.
Saiful Islam, son of Nurul Islam of Paba Natunpara under Shah Makhdum in Rajshahi, bagged GPA-4.08.
Golok Mondal, son of Kanai Mondal of Sotsongo Deruli village under Dumuria upazila in Khulna, secured GPA-4.33.
Of them, only Rakib Hassan appeared in the examinations from Shaheed Bulbul College, Pabna while others from Dogachhi College centers.
Professor Abul Hossain, Chairman of the Manab Kalyan Trust, said, “Though they all are visually impaired by birth, they have a strong will to overcome all obstacles and adversities. The Manab Kalyan Trust is working to realise their dream of a golden future. They participate in educational activities with the help of stenographers under Braille system. But most of the educational institutions in our country do not have that opportunity for them. If the government introduces Braille system in various educational institutions, then people with disabilities will also be able to achieve good results by participating in educational programs.
Visually impaired Rakib who passed the exams said, “Our Manab Kalyan Trust is the biggest contributor to our enviable success. We achieved the success with their proper guidelines. We are proud of such an organization. I want to live as a good person in the future.”
Ruhul Amin said, “Ever since we were born blind, people in society have considered us degraded. We were considered a burden for the family. But we didn’t want to be a burden. We want to stand on our own feet. We want to work for the country and people, especially the disabled ones, by getting higher education. With the financial and institutional support of the government, we will be able to reach our expected destination.”
According to the Manab Kalyan Trust, there are currently a total of 145 disabled students including 55 visually impaired, 12 physically challenged and 18 speech impaired. The institution is conducting educational activities with 15 teachers and staff. The residential institution is affording all responsibilities including accommodation and meals.