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Dhaka Tribune

Bringing them back to school

Economic challenges faced by many families as a result of the pandemic is forcing children to drop out

Update : 03 Apr 2024, 09:50 AM

As per the report from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), almost 41% of the population aged between five and 24 years were not in educational institutions last year. This increase in the out-of-education population in Bangladesh, rising by 11.45% since 2019, is a matter of grave concern, especially for a developing country such as ours that is striving for progress.

Education has always been the cornerstone of any nation's development, driving economic growth, social progress, and technological advancement. As such, this growing number of children and young adults out of school or university poses nothing short of an existential threat to the very future of our country.

The absence of a significant portion of the population from educational institutions deprives the country of the intellectual capital necessary for innovation and progress. Bangladesh, like all developing nations, requires an educated populace to drive economic growth and compete in the global market. Without the right education, we risk falling behind in the ever-evolving landscape of the 21st century.

The fact that this trend coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic shows how the pandemic continues to ravage economies; the economic challenges faced by many families as a result of the pandemic is forcing children to drop out of school and seek employment to contribute to household incomes. However, what must be recognized is the perpetuation of the cycle of poverty and thereby limiting the potential for social mobility and economic prosperity in millions of Bangladeshis.

It is thus imperative for the government to prioritize education in its policy agenda, ensuring that students have access to quality education regardless of their socio-economic background. It is time we reverse this terrible trend and get our kids back where they belong -- into schools and universities.

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