85% OF SCHOOLS IN BIH DO NOT HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE IN THE EVENT OF A LACK OF HEATING SOURCES

04 October 2022

Sarajevo, 04.10.2022; During September 2022, as the winter is approaching,  UNICEF BiH conducted a survey on a sample of 582 primary and secondary schools in the Federation of BiH, Republika Srpska and Brčko District, aiming to assess the heating sources of schools for the 2022-2023 heating season.

The answers, obtained directly from the schools, show that 22.6 percent of schools use pellets as an heating source, 21.3 percent use coal, 16.8 percent heating oil, while only 18.3 percent of schools are connected to city heating plants.

26.3 percent of schools do not have sufficient heating sources for the current season, and in case of lack of primary heating source, almost 85 percent of schools do not have an alternative.

This year's energy prices significantly exceed the planned budgets, for example, the price of pellets is 130 percent higher than the previous season, and some of the schools were forced to reduce other budget items to provide means for heating.

"It is an ideal time to appeal to all levels of governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to treat the issue of school heating as a priority, since the learning process directly depends on it, the re-interruption of which would have incalculable consequences, as we have seen during the pandemic. This situation also illustrates the urgent need to switch to alternative energy sources, and to invest in the energy efficiency of school buildings, to avoid a climate and health disaster caused by air pollution, which is the direct cause of the death of more than 600,000 children in the world every year.", said Dr. Rownak Khan, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Because of the learning crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost two-thirds of ten-year-old children in the world are unable to read and understand simple texts. Every re-interruption of the learning process will worsen the situation and may lead us to a generational disaster. The education reform process cannot function without the reform of the educational infrastructure and urgent investments in sustainability. The future of all of us depends on it.

The results of the survey available at:  

https://www.unicef.org/bih/en/reports/energy-sources-primary-and-secondary-schools-2022-2023-heating-season

 

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