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Learning from afar

  • Published at 07:40 pm March 29th, 2020
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File photo Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

 Children’s education is one of the building blocks of any successful society

Given the impact that the Covid-19 virus has had on every facet of our lives, it is heartening to see so much effort being put to ensure that children are not deprived of an education.

The government recently shared its own plans to broadcast lessons for students of classes VI through X on Sangsad Television -- a timely initiative that encourages more people to stay home and stay safe.

Now Unicef has announced plans to scale up its own support, in all countries, to help children continue their learning at a time when the coronavirus has forced all schools and educational institutes to shut down.

Their plans include providing interactive learning to children and their parents, and monitoring engagement and ensuring assessment of learning.

“ … the longer children stay away from school, the less likely they are to ever return. Giving children alternative ways to learn must be a critical part of our response to Covid-19 in Bangladesh,” as said by Tomoo Hozumi, the Unicef country representative in Bangladesh. A sentiment we agree with.

Children’s education is one of the building blocks of any successful society, and even when a global pandemic is forcing entire nations to go into lockdown, there is no reason for education to stop as well.

Shutting down schools no doubt has negative consequences for any society, which is why it is good to know that, even though the coronavirus has stopped much activity across the world, it cannot do anything to stop children from receiving their education.

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