Bank of Maldives (BML) on Tuesday revealed that the bank supported the enhancement of a special education needs (SEN) classroom in Gaafaru School, Kaafu Atoll.
BML's initiative is part of its ‘Aharenge Bank Community Fund’, the bank's nationwide campaign to empower individuals to contribute to society by conducting sustainable community projects.
The SEN classroom, which was established by the Aboobakuru Ali Foundation, is designed to help children with special needs to learn and develop through exploration, investigation and experiences. Following its refurbishment and the supply of all required equipment, the classroom is now in use with the beginning of the new academic year.
Regarding the initiative, BML's Manager of Public Relations Mohamed Saeed stated, "This special education classroom is well equipped with all materials and equipment needed to support the learning and development of children. This project gives great comfort to the parents and children, especially with the beginning of the new academic year. We receive great satisfaction from furthering the progress of projects across the country and financially supporting them which aids community development across the Maldives. The bank's aim is to support the development of projects through its Aharenge Bank Community Fund initiative and assisting to successfully complete projects in islands”.
"The Aboobakuru Ali Foundation always aims to support educational needs. Gaafaru School previously had a relatively small SEN classroom. This classroom is built after a lot of research on how SEN classroom are operated in Maldives and also in other countries. Prior to the development of this classroom, the special education needs children were taught by using materials prepared by the class teacher; but with the opening of the classroom, occupational therapy and play therapy will be provided. The development of this classroom was a huge expense and this was the main reason why we approached to apply for the community fund as well. We are excited to complete the project with the support of BML and the foundation”, commented Aishath Sana, the Executive Director of Aboobakuru Ali Foundation.
BML selects and allocates MVR 50,000 to five projects in the areas of education, environment, sports and community development under the Aharenge Bank Community Fund, during each quarter of the fiscal year. BML contributed MVR 1 million to support projects conducted in 20 islands last year.