01 June 2023

Ten-year-old Shohana learns to read again after COVID-19 school closures

The last of four children, ten-year-old Shohana’s prospects are much better than those of her older siblings who had to drop out of school. Shohana dreams of a bigger life, bigger than she has been exposed to in her small home village in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh. “I want to be a doctor,” says Shohana. Like many children in Bangladesh and…, Shohana and her parents at home in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh., UNICEF/UN0848190/Mawa A long pandemic school closure kept Shohana at home for too long, with little recollection of what she learnt in school., দীর্ঘ মহামারির কারণে স্কুল বন্ধ থাকায় সোহানাকে অনেক দিন বাড়িতে থাকতে হয়, যার কারণে স্কুলে সে যা শিখেছিল তার খুব কমই মনে ছিল।, UNICEF/UN0848199/Mawa Shohana and her parents at home in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh., Shohana and her parents at home in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh., UNICEF/UN0848191/Mawa Shohana and her parents at home in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh. A long pandemic school closure kept Shohana at home for too long, with little recollection of what she learnt in school. Shohana and her parents at home in Mymensingh, northeast Bangladesh., A timely intervention, Shohana was in Grade 2 when schools closed in Bangladesh and was expected to transition to Grade 4 after pandemic restrictions were lifted. When children returned to school, the gaps were obvious. Shohana’s teacher says children had to relearn alphabet letters at a time when they should have been making sentences. Some, like Shohana, did not…, Her school is just a ten-minute walk from home., UNICEF/UN0848201/Mawa Shohana enjoys the morning ritual with her mother braiding her hair before school., Shohana enjoys the morning ritual with her mother braiding her hair before school., UNICEF/UN0848192/Mawa As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class., As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class., UNICEF/UN0848198/Mawa As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class., As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class., UNICEF/UN0848200/Mawa Her school is just a ten-minute walk from home. Shohana enjoys the morning ritual with her mother braiding her hair before school. As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class. As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class. Shohana’s mother says although she cannot read…, Addressing a learning crisis, Bangladesh was suffering a “learning crisis” even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with less than half of children in Grade 2 and 3 proficient in reading and math according to a 2017 assessment. A 2021 education survey shows a continuing learning crisis after the pandemic but no significant learning losses. “That means that children who were…, As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class., UNICEF/UN0848193/Mawa The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., UNICEF/UN0848195/Mawa The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., UNICEF/UN0848194/Mawa The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs., UNICEF/UN0848196/Mawa As her performance improves, Shohana is becoming more confident in class. The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs. The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific needs. The set-up in the learning centre helps teachers to address children’s specific…, Helping children return to school with confidence, The catch-up classes are useful even beyond the impact of the pandemic school closures. Although Bangladesh has impressively achieved near-universal enrolment in primary education with 97 per cent of children of primary school age enrolled in school, many children do not actually attend. About 17 per cent drop out of primary school. Through…
08 June 2022

Bangladesh’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has soared in a year

When COVID-19 vaccines started to arrive in Bangladesh, people felt a rush of hope. Families and friends could meet again. Life would maybe feel more normal. And it meant schools might reopen.   For children in Bangladesh, the pandemic has been a crisis like no other, affecting their education, health and well-being. About 37 million children in…, Mammoth task to vaccinate over 115 million people with two doses , Across the country, frontline health workers have been working in urban slums, trekking across fields and navigating rivers to get doses into people’s arms. Thanks to their efforts, over 250 million doses have now been administered, with more than 115 million people receiving two doses of the vaccine.  Young volunteers like Mohammad Al Mamun have…, Key vaccination target within reach , Bangladesh has a strong track record of rolling out mass vaccination programmes, especially for diseases like measles and rubella. But getting COVID-19 doses to communities across the country has presented specific challenges. When COVID-19 vaccines were initially developed and hit the market, wealthy countries bought most of the supplies. That…, Challenges ahead , As Bangladesh continues its push to vaccinate millions more people, the country still faces challenges.   There are still many difficult-to-reach populations, including some older, more vulnerable people. Recent data has shown that about 60 per cent of those aged 60 and over have yet to be vaccinated in Bangladesh, with some citing a lack of…