For the month of November, International School Dhaka’s (ISD) parents and teachers were seen to be sporting moustaches. They were doing so to celebrate Movember and raise money for the children who have cancer in Bangladesh.
History of Movember
Movember began in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. It is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, anxiety, and suicide. The Movember movement has grown into a global one for making progress and raise awareness for men’s health.
ISD and Movember
ISD took the initiative and encouraged both the teachers and the parents to grow moustaches and donate money to help the children with cancer. The school decided to donate their money to World Child Cancer Bangladesh because a student might relate better to such a charity.
Through this initiative, ISD wanted to encourage the learning and intellectual growth of the students which is necessary for adulthood and it can also be a major contributor to a child’s socialization skills. The school wanted to increase empathy among their students so that it won’t only help them now but it will also help them in the future when they grow up.
Empathy will help them to build close relationships, maintain friendships, develop strong communities, and generally be kind and caring people.
How Movember worked
During the four weeks of November, growers cultivated their moustaches – all the while soliciting donations from family, friends, and strangers. Questions were being asked by the students when they saw their parents and teachers of sporting moustaches.
These questions lead the teachers to make the student understand the scenario of child cancer and make them appreciate their own healthy life.
This initiative has already started to make the students understand the crisis scenario of childhood cancer in Bangladesh. Recently, many students, including primary students, have even approached their teachers to donate money from their own pocket money.
The scenario of cancer in Bangladeshi children
Treatment of cancer is a long, hard fight for a child and their family. Children are usually treated in larger medical facilities where they can receive the comprehensive, specialized care that they need and have access to most up-to-date treatment options. However, the child cancer center of Bangladesh does not have advanced treatment options for the children. So, this kind of initiatives from organizations, such as ISD, will help these centers to get the latest treatment options.
The culmination of a month of hard work and an itchy upper lip seems to have paid off as this action has not only been impacting the student’s empathy and understanding level about the world, but through this drive, the entire school community is now getting a chance to help further increase the cancer treatment options for children in Bangladesh.