The pandemic’s worst hit: At least 15 million children of pre-primary and early childhood have been deprived of learning.
For about two years now, this is part one of a two-part issue.
Our children are in a difficult situation as schools have once again been closed.
Starting from January 21 this year due to the deteriorated situation as a result of the omicron variant of Covid-19.
Bangladesh educational institutions had the longest closure of 543 days compared to any other country.
The world was in the first phase until they briefly reopened in September 2021.
According to the Bangladesh Primary Education Statistics 2020 Report published by the Directorate.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME), there are over 21.5 million students enrolled.
All types of schools from pre-primary education to grade five in Bangladesh.
While it’s certainly appreciable that, even with limited resources.
The Bangladesh government started distance learning support for students.
Starting from the primary level to above, within a few weeks of when the pandemic hit the country in 2020.
Brac’s Rapid Assessment Study in May 2020 revealed that 56% of the students did not take part.
Online classes due to accessibility constraints.
However, despite that, we can say that somehow, in some capacity, children from primary.
Secondary schools have been receiving some kind of educational support during the pandemic.
However, children up to five years old have essentially completely been deprived in their early childhood.
Care and development including the pre-primary learning support, have been severely affected.
Both the family and the institutional level as a result of the pandemic.
According to UNICEF and ARNEC’s Early Childhood Care and Development’s Bangladesh country.
Profile report published as far back as May 2016, there were 15 million children under the age of five.
Bangladesh and that number have only surely increased over the past few years.
Pre-primary education has been recognized as an integral part of primary education.
As per the National Education Policy approved in 2010.
But how much we could support them over the past two years amidst the disruptions caused big questions.
According to physicians and early childhood development experts.
The first eight years of a child’s life are most crucial for both physical and mental development.
During this period, a child’s brain is in a flexible state and can experience rapid growth.
Brain development is very sensitive if a child is exposed to harmful environments and is brought up.
In neglected situations where there is insufficient attention and care.
Then there can be a permanent effect on the child’s development.
In particular, such a child is more