Bangladesh Reopens Schools After 18 Months

Bangladesh has reopened its classes on Sunday after 18 months of lockdown due to COVID-19.

The resumption of classes came after UNICEF warned that prolonged school closures during the COVID-19 crisis were aggravated inequities for millions of children across South Asia.

Students in Dhaka were excited about the resumption of classes.

“We are really excited to be back at school,” Muntasir Ahmed, 15, said.

“I am hoping to physically see all of my friends and teachers, not through a laptop window today,” Ahmed added.

Different schools have followed health protocols such as checking body temperature, hand washing and sanitizing.

“I can’t describe in words how I am feeling getting back to my school,” Adnan Hasan of Udayan School told Al Jazeera. 

“I am meeting all my friends after ages. It’s great.”

According to the country’s telecom operators’ association, only 41 percent of Bangladesh’s 169 million people own smartphones, meaning millions of children from online classes.

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