UNICEF calls for full reopening of schools in South Asia

Schools in South Asian countries have been closed for a long time due to the Corona epidemic. More than 400 million children in the region have been affected. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the schools to be reopened.

According to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, quoting UNICEF, Bangladesh is on the list of countries with the longest school closures due to Corona. Schools in Bangladesh have been closed for about 18 months since the epidemic began.

On the other hand, from March 2020 to August this year, schools in other South Asian countries were closed for an average of 31 and a half weeks.

George Laria-Aji, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, spoke to AFP. He said schools have been closed for a long time in an area where there is no strong system of distance learning. Internet and technological devices are far beyond the reach of human beings. As a result, there is a huge shortage of education. The biggest victims are children and girls from poor families. Because, men feel more comfortable with technology.

In this situation, UNICEF has called on the governments of South Asian countries to introduce physical education to students in every class. The organization emphasizes on ensuring adequate attendance of students in the class as well as increasing communication between them.

George Laria-Aji warns that the inactivity among students as a result of school closures could lead to a weakened manpower within a few years. The result will be long term.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says schools in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Afghanistan have been partially reopened. However, classes are in full swing in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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