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Bangladesh reopens schools after 18-month closure due to coronavirus pandemic

Schools in Bangladesh have opened their doors to hundreds of thousands of students, after an 18-month closure due to the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

French news channel France 24 reported on Sunday that in the capital, Dhaka, students were greeted at a school with flowers and sweets, and teachers asked them to wear face masks and sanitize their hands.

The channel added, that the reopening of schools in Bangladesh comes after the United Nations Children's Fund "UNICEF" announced that the Corona pandemic had caused the learning of up to 434 million children in South Asia to stop, and that the international organization's report confirmed that the closure of schools in South Asia had led To exacerbate a situation that was already precarious and that even before the pandemic about 60% of children in South Asia were unable to read and understand simple text by the time they reached 10 years of age, and in addition there were 12.5 million children in primary and 16 years. 5 million children in middle school are out of school.

Bangladesh closed all educational institutions in March 2020, two weeks after the first cases of coronavirus were discovered.

It is noteworthy that so far more than 1.5 million cases and 26,880 deaths have been recorded in Bangladesh, which is recording a decline in daily infections, as less than 3000 cases were recorded during the first ten days of this month, compared to about 10 thousand during the first week of the month. last August.

It is noteworthy that "George Edge", UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, said earlier that the decline in Internet connectivity and access to digital devices severely hampered efforts to spread distance learning, noting that 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 13 years reported Not to use any kind of distance learning while schools are closed.