Even more heartbreaking is the knowledge that a significant number dropped out due to early marriage
It is disturbing to learn that, as a result of school closures over the past 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, about 50,000 children may have dropped out of formal schooling from the district of Kurigram.
What is truly heartbreaking, however, is that most of the students had dropped out due to economic reasons. Even more heartbreaking is the knowledge that a significant number dropped out due to early marriage.
If 50,000 students have dropped out from just one district, it is frightening to think of what the overall numbers would be for the entirety of Bangladesh. This is nothing but a tragedy of the highest order.
No child should ever be deprived of an education because of economic reasons, and child marriage is a scourge that must be eliminated from our society. The authorities concerned must think long and hard about how we can bring back these children back into formal schooling, and eliminate these issues that continue to hold our children, and subsequently our entire country, back.
With schooling resuming after a closure that is sure to be amongst the longest worldwide, we are slowly but surely beginning to realize the closure’s devastating consequences, beyond simply depriving children of formal learning. Children are the future of any country, and nothing is more important than ensuring that they receive a fulfilling childhood, of which schooling is an integral part.