Dr. Nirafat Anam was working as the Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka until she passed away in August 2001 due to Cancer. Dr. Anam served in the field of disability and education for twenty years. Dr. Anam obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Zoology in 1980 and 1982 respectively. Besides, she obtained both B.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Education from the University of Birmingham, UK. She was awarded a number of certificates on teaching methods, assessment of children with special needs and slow learner, inclusive education, management of organizations primary curriculum development etc. Dr. Anam was also involved with many research studies in different capacities. She was associated for a long time, very closely with the HICARE, a local NGO, which offered educational opportunities to the children of under privileged children of different part of Bangladesh, especially to those who have hearing-impairments. She published a good number of long and short articles in the recognized peer-reviewed journals and made a notable number of presentations in national and international conferences. Dr. Anam was the co-author of two books. Her last unfinished co-authored book titled “Srobon Protibondhita: Karon, Protikar O Unnoyon Sohayota” was published by her co-authors in 2011, ten years after she passed away.

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Dr. Nirafat Anam was an active member of several international bodies that include British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
(BATOD), UK, Communication Therapy International (CTI), UK and South Asian Regional Centre for Disability, Bangladesh (SARCD). In addition, she was the Convener of the Inclusive education Initiative Group of the National Forum of Organization Working with Disability (NFOWD), member of the Board of Trustee at the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) and was a Member in the Executive Committee of an NGO named Centre for Disability in Development (CDD). Dr. Anam was the first person in Bangladesh who developed a language assessment tool for Bangla speaking children with hearing-impairments. She also took initiatives for the systematic documentation of Bangla Sign Language. After Salamanca Declaration in 1994, Dr. Nirafat Anam was one of the pioneers in Bangladesh who worked hard to promote inclusive education in Bangladesh. Dr. Anam’s love and affection to her profession and social work helped thousands of people with disabilities to be included in the mainstream life.

Call for Nominations!!….

nirafat-anam-face--ad3rd Nirafat Anam Memorial Inclusion (NAMI) Award 2017!!!…..This is a great pleasure for ACIE, Bangladesh to open the Call for Nominations for the 3rd NAMI Award 2017 that has been initiated in memory of Late Dr. Nirafat Anam who was the Assistant Professor of IER, University of Dhaka….Closing date of Submission of Nomination is 14 October 2016

Selection Process

The NAMI Award is being declared in every alternative year to one citizen in Bangladesh. Anyone can submit names to ACIE (info@ac-ie.org) for consideration for the award with a detailed biography of the proposed person.

A Selection Board is being formed comprising of relevant renowned citizens of Bangladesh for dedicating the award from the nominations received. This board is being revised for every nomination procedures. Then the Award is handed over to the awardee through a formal Award Ceremony.

Award Benefits

A Crest with a Certificate and a token Award Money provided through a Cheque

Quick view of  NAMI Awardees in capture:

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Dr. Sultana S. Zaman

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Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor

Dr. Sultana S. Zaman

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Professor Emeritus Dr. Sultana S. Zaman was the Founder Chairman of the Department of Special Education of IER, University of Dhaka. She is a dedicated social worker, freedom fighter and a renowned academic. She was born in an eminent family in Chittagong. Dr. Zaman achieved her Masters in Psychology in 1967 from the University of Dhaka. She obtained her PhD in 1975 from the Amory University in the USA.

During 1971, Dr. Zaman and her whole family actively took part in the freedom fighting. Her Husband Bir Uttom Colonel Kazi Nuruzzaman was the Sector Commander at the sector 7 during the liberation war.

Dr. Zaman is a well-known philanthropic in Bangladesh and beyond. By conducting social services throughout her life Dr. Zaman tried to ensure inclusion of disadvantaged and marginalized population into different layers of society. In 1972, Dr. Zaman established a school titled “Deepshikha Vidyalaya” for disadvantaged children and women. She was the founder of the SWID Bangladesh, a well-known school for children with intellectual disabilities. In 1984, Dr. Zaman initiated the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF). Through which she took various initiatives to ensure inclusion of Read more

Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor

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This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. Valerie Ann Taylor was born on the 8th February 1944, in Bromley, Kent, UK to parents Marie and William Taylor. Valerie is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (FCSP) and first came to Bangladesh with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in 1969 to work as a physiotherapist in the Christian Hospital, Chandraghona in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. At that time Bangladesh was still known as East Pakistan. Her stay was interrupted by the War of Independence in 1971. During the war Valerie was evacuated but returned to the country in October 1971, two months before the creation of Bangladesh. Having grown up living close to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville in England, she was very aware of the need for rehabilitation services for the disabled in Bangladesh. In 1973 Valerie returned to England to attempt to raise funds to establish a rehabilitation centre Read more

Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury

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Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury – A Visionary Without Sight   Mr Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury is a visionary without sight, born on 15th November 1949. Following a sports related accident in his very early childhood in 1956, compounded with wrong medical procedures to treat the problem, he lost his sight completely by early adolescence.   He was the first ever student in the Rotary school for the blind established in Dhaka in 1957. Mr Chowdhury completed education from University of Dhaka with Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1974 and BA (Hons) in Political Science in 1972 respectively.   He started professional career in 1978 as the Executive Officer of the Bangladesh National Society for the Blind. He served 15 years in different organizations at home and USA to promote rights and services of the visually impaired people. Later, he is one of the founders of Impact Foundation Bangladesh in 1993 along with 4 other dedicated social workers to prevent avoidable disabilities, inspired and supported by Late Sir John Wilson CBE, Chairman, UK Impact Foundation. IFB operates two hospitals in Chuadanga and Meherpur, and the pioneering floating hospital - Jibon Tori. The Jibon Tori (boat of life) travels through rivers of Bangladesh to reach out to millions of Read more

To Be Opened in Mid 2018

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This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh.This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. Read more

Nirafat Anam Memorial Inclusion (NAMI) Award: About the Award

 

nirafat-anam-face--ad This is our great pleasure to share the message with you that Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE) is going to present the  Nirafat Anam Memorial Inclusion Award (NAMI Award) to one of those great people whose contributions have made our society more inclusive.b This award has been named in memory of Late Dr. Nirafat Anam who was the Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education & Research (IER) of University of Dhaka until she passed away in August 2001. Late Dr. Anam dedicated her whole life to ensure the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. This award initiative is a small gratitude to her contributions.

The Award will be dedicated to those devoted people who fulfill the following criteria: The Awardee has to—

  • • Be Bangladeshi Citizen
  • • Have the track record of contributions in the society for at least two decades.
  • • Have remarkable contributions for inclusion of marginalized people in Development (i.e. education, health, employment, society, economy etc.) in Bangladesh.
  • • Have notable record of entrepreneurship/innovation/creativity for reducing exclusion in the society.

Be philanthropic in nature.

The NAMI Award will be declared in every alternative year to one citizen in Bangladesh. Anyone can submit propose names to ACIE for consideration for the award with a detailed biography of the proposed person.

Selection Process

The NAMI Award is being declared in every alternative year to one citizen in Bangladesh. Anyone can submit names to ACIE (info@ac-ie.org) for consideration for the award with a detailed biography of the proposed person.

A Selection Board is being formed comprising of relevant renowned citizens of Bangladesh for dedicating the award from the nominations received. This board is being revised for every nomination procedures. Then the Award is handed over to the awardee through a formal Award Ceremony.

Award Benefits

A Crest with a Certificate and a token Award Money provided through a Cheque