Saidul Haque Chunnu
Fellow Since 1993
Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization
This profile was prepared when Saidul Haque Chunnu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
The New Idea
Saidul Haq Chunnu says his philosophy for reaching out to the blind of Bangladesh is to emphasize "capability and not mercy." He resists the idea that the blind should be employed on the basis of compassion rather than skill and ability, and he has initiated a program that helps them build self-reliant attitudes, skills and experience for meaningful employment. His program uses on-the-job training as the key stepping stone.Saidul knows that the greatest leverage comes in channeling the blind into formal training and higher education institutions. He has, among other things, established the first "talking library" in Bangladesh to give the blind access to the written materials and resources that will help them get back on the formal education track.