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GOODWILL AMBASSADORS FROM BANGLADESH AND INDIAN ARMY RUN SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR DIFFERENTLY-ABLED FOSTER MUTUAL TIES


Kolkata,During the month of December every year, the Eastern CommandHeadquarters plays host to a delegation of Mukti Jodhas and few serving officers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces to the 'Vijay Diwas' events commemorating the Liberation of Bangladesh, and victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
       However, for the first     time ever, four special children including two boys and two girls, from the Bangladesh Army-run welfare school -- Proyash -- were hosted by HQ Eastern Command as Indian Army's 'special guests' here at Kolkata. The 'goodwill ambassadors' here on a four-day tour since August 25, interacted with their Indian counterparts.
  The children today visited Eastern Command's 'Asha School' at Kolkata. A function to felicitate the Bangladeshi delegation presided over by Ms Kiran Rai, Regional President, Eastern Command Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) was held at the school. 
The delegation interacted with the students and staff at Asha School to acquaint themselves with the opportunities provided here for self-development of the children and in helping them become useful members of society. 
The four special children from Bangladesh are accompanied by the Operational Project Officer, Proyash Schools, Major Zakir Hussain and support staff including four teachers.
The goodwill visit under an 'exchange programme' is part of the ongoing Indo-Bangladesh army-to-army interaction. A reciprocal bilateral visit by children from Asha school, Kolkata is slated in September. It will further strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and co-operation between the two nations.
Asha School, Kolkata is a pioneer school for education and development of differently abled children of service personnel and civilians run under the aegis of HQ Eastern Command AWWA as a welfare venture. The school creates an enabling environment for special children to be able to adjust in society and empowers them to realize their full potential.

The Bangladeshi children would be visiting various landmarks and places of interest including Victoria Memorial and Alipore Zoo among other interesting venues.