Learn to Swim

Bangladesh - Dhaka - 01.06.2015 - 30.07.2015

On 2nd June 2015 the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation along with the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) launched the Water Giants survival swim programme in Dhaka at the Lions Agragati Shikkhaniketan School.

The CIPRB has been in existence for 10 years and is a world leading injury prevention organisation based in Bangladesh. CIPRB saves lives by delivering quality programmes throughout Bangladesh, designed to combat injury-based fatalities and morbidities, most notably drowning and burn prevention, maternal health issues and road traffic injuries.

Drowning is a leading cause of child fatality in Bangladesh.  Children are widely exposed to many sources of open water such as ponds, ditches, rivers, lakes and the ocean which makes mortality due to drowning higher than any other accidental cause.  The Bangladesh Health and Injury Survey (BHIS-2005) revealed that drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged 1-17 in Bangladesh, with approximately 18,000 children dying each year.

In response to this survey the CIPRB developed the “SwimSafe” programme and methodology in collaboration with Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA), The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) and the Bangladesh Swimming Federation in 2005. They have so far trained 410,000 children since 2006 with the financial backing of UNICEF.

The newly created Water Giants survival swim programme is a spin-off of this programme that uses this methodology to teach children to swim.

The CIPRB, International Life Saving Federation (ILS) & Royal Life Saving Society – Commonwealth all participated in creating this methodology.

At the end of this inaugural Water Giants programme, 460 children learned how to swim.  The Foundation looks forward to partnering with the CIPRB in the future to continue teaching children to swim.

Photo of school entrance and the Water Giants poster
© Asiatic

Other photos
© Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco