They appreciated the government's detailed guideline for the school reopening
Eighteen national and international development organizations with the Safe Back to School (SB2S) campaign applauded the decision of the Bangladesh government to reopen schools almost after 18 months of closure and pledged their full support for making the initiative a success.
The decision of the government has added a unique dimension to celebrating the International Literacy Day this year, they said in a statement.
The organizations participating in the campaign are: Brac, CAMPE, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Educo Bangladesh, FIVDB, Friendship, Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, Handicap International- Humanity and Inclusion, Jagorani Chakra Foundation, Plan International Bangladesh, Room to Read Bangladesh, Save the Children in Bangladesh, Sesame Workshop Bangladesh, Stromme Foundation, Teach for Bangladesh, VSO, World Vision Bangladesh and Young Power in Social Action.
Giving the highest priority to children's education, the SB2S campaign has been working in line with government guidelines for the safe return of students to schools.
The organizations allied with the campaign hoped to continue this collaboration in the upcoming days as well.
They also appreciated the specific and detailed guideline the government has provided for the school reopening.
Due to the prolonged school closure, children have missed out on the opportunity to receive proper learning, nor interact with their peers, which has affected their education experience.
The associated consequences of school closures – learning loss, mental distress, heightened risk of dropout, child labour, and child marriage – have been experienced by many children, added the statement on Wednesday.
In addition, many children, especially the youngest and marginalized ones, could not access online or remote learning opportunities due to the lack of access to technology and poor learning environment, it said.
Considering this context, the campaign urged the government to develop and implement an effective plan in the coming days to address the various losses incurred by students.
At the same time, the 18 organizations reaffirmed their willingness to work in close collaboration with the government to ensure the safe return of the children throughout these challenging times.
To help make the government's initiative of school reopening a success and to bring children back to mainstream education safely, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni inaugurated the SB2S campaign on February 10, 2021.
The campaign aims to support the government to prepare children, families, parents and educational institutions to restart the educational activities so that students can return to the safest school environment.