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"Blooms"- a dream to educate children with special needs

  • Published at 11:28 pm June 30th, 2019
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Students at the BLOOMS school performing cognitive exercises Dhaka Tribune

Holy Artisan attack hero AC Rabiul founded the school

No one can ever forget assistant commissioner (AC) of Detective Branch of Police, Md Rabiul Karim, who sacrificed his life while trying to save innocent lives during the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016.

The police officer will also be remembered for his role as a social worker having established a school named "Blooms" for children with special needs in Manikganj.

The school “Beckoning Light Organization of Mankind and Society” (BLOOMS), founded by slain Rabiul in Katigram of Manikganj Sadar upazila in 2011, is now spreading the light of education to physically, and mentally challenged kids.

The school initially was a tin-shed building, but international organization SSTS converted it to a three room school building. 

The school, however, needs more equipment to continue teaching the children with special needs.

The school was established on a 29 decimal land, donated by Rabiul's mother Korimonnessa, with only 12 students at the beginning. With the passage of time, the number of students rose to 42, so did the expenditure of the school. 

It costs about Tk70,000 to Tk80,000 each month, to manage meal for the students, salaries of teachers, and other costs, most of which comes from Rabiul's friends, and members of Blooms, while the rest of the money comes from local influential quarters.

JR Showkat Ali, president of the 15-member executive committee, said they are confident of fulfilling the dreams of Rabiul.

“We are facing problems in running the organization. If the school gets support from the government, it will help us to continue realising the dreams of Rabiul,” he said.

Rabiul's wife Umme Salma, who has received a government job after her husband's death, said that she is worried over the future of the school.

She sought the government's support to properly operate the school in the days ahead.

To mark the death anniversary of Rabiul, the school committee, and locals took initiatives for remembering the former official, who was one of the first officers to arrive at the Holey Artisan Bakery premises while it was being stormed by terrorists.

Rabiul's younger brother, and a member of the school committee Shamsuzzaman Shams said, the school is registered with the Social Welfare office under the Ministry of Social Welfare. 

Demanding a road repair, president of the school’s operational committee Showkat said, the road heading towards the school is in dire state, creating problems for the students in attending classes.

"Currently, students receive tuition for four days a week," he added.

Upon completing his Master's in Bangla literature from Jahangirnagar University and after passing the 30th BCS examinations, Rabiul joined the police service.

AC Rabiul Karim, and then Banani police station’s officer-in-charge Salauddin Khan were shot dead while trying to rescue hostages during the attack on July 1 in 2016. 29 people were killed, including 20 hostages (18 foreigners and 2 locals), two police officers, five gunmen, and two bakery staff.