Education and training
North Korea: establishment of a center for the deaf in Pyongyang
The Together-Hamhung organization was founded in 2008 and supports deaf children and young people in North Korea. Disabled people represent themselves in Together-Hamhung, true to the principles of Nothing About Us Without Us and Helping People Help Themselves. In 2008, chairman Robert Grund was commissioned by the North Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled to set up an education center for deaf, blind and non-disabled people, providing Together-Hamhung with a run-down building in Pyongyang for this purpose.
The Asia working group gave the organization a grant of € 1,000 in 2015 toward the renovation of a workshop for the deaf as well the purchase of building materials and tools for the deaf trainees. In addition to wake-up lights and arches of reuinification, trainees also use the workshop to make aids for the blind.
Education for minorities in Bangladesh
In cooperation with the Asia working group and the German organization Netz — Partnerschaft für Entwicklung und Gerechtigkeit e.V., the Bangladeshi organization Ashrai is building a pilot program school in Idolpur, an Oraon village in western Bangladesh.
Ashrai agitates for the rights of often segregated ethnic minorities like the Adivasi, and works mainly in the fields of education, self-sustaining help and income generation. According to NGO estimates, the literacy rate amoung minorities is below twenty percent.
The Asia working group supported the school, where Oraon pupils are taught in their mother tongue, for a period of three years with € 7,000. Teaching materials for the subjects Oraon, Bengali, mathematics and social studies are currently being compiled by local teachers. These materials will be made available to other schools in the future.