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Where do the children play?

  • Published at 10:51 pm November 25th, 2019
Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

More playgrounds are needed for children and we hope city authorities give it the attention and time necessary

It is encouraging to note that, despite a majority of the world’s children not getting sufficient exercise on a daily basis, Bangladeshi children continue to be physically active. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which conducted the study, this is a crucial aspect to any child’s health, brain development, and social skills -- and we are pleased to see that, in this regard, Bangladesh is performing well. 

However, that is not to say there is no room for improvement. 

The WHO recommends around an hour of physical activity every day, and the same study has unfortunately found that two out of three children are failing to meet this benchmark. 

It should also be noted that while Bangladeshi children on average may be getting enough space to play and be physically active, when it comes to urban areas, the case is not the same. 

The authorities would do well to carry out a study based on urban areas alone, which has continued to be stifled at the hands of rapid urbanization while sacrificing open areas and playgrounds for children.

There has been a consistent need for urban areas to be designed with our children in mind, so that they can have access to open fields where they can engage in physical activity, but this has consistently been missing from our urban landscapes. 

Most recently, this void was rightfully highlighted by the Trustee of the Centre for Research and Information that more playgrounds are needed for children, and we hope city authorities give it the attention and time necessary for implementation. 

Development is all fine and good, but it should not come at the cost of the well-being of our children.