Learn to Swim

Bangladesh – SwimSafe - 2017

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation partnered with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in 2017 to fund a learn to swim and water safety programme in Bangladesh called SwimSafe.  RNLI work with a local partner, the Center for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), a group the Foundation has worked with in the past.  CIPRB are a world leading injury prevention organisation based in Dhaka.

The unique SwimSafe programme took place in the resort area of Cox’s Bazar, which is home to the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach in the world measuring 120 km.

In Bangladesh, drowning is the leading cause of death among children.  Through CIPRB’s extensive research, they were able to determine that each year drowning claims over 18,000 lives, the majority of them being children.  Despite this devastating fact, the greater part of the population do not know how to swim, yet they go about their daily activities regularly using open water sources such as rivers and the ocean for washing, playing and fishing.

Through the financing provided by the Foundation, the SwimSafe programme was able to train up 7 swim instructors who taught 852 children to swim, aged 6 to 12 years old.  They were also able to deliver water safety messages to more than 2,000 school children in the area.

The Foundation will continue to work with RNLI and CIPRB in 2018 in order so they can continue reaching vulnerable children in the surrounding areas.