Nural Islam, is a seven year old student at one of the community schools we support in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. We’ve been chatting to him throughout 2021 so far, to get his thoughts and feelings about the schools and life in lockdown.
At the time, Bangladesh was in lockdown due to the pandemic and the school that Nural attends was closed, but there were hopes that restrictions would be eased and school would be able to reopen after Eid (12th May 2021).
Whilst his school was closed, Nural continued his learning by taking part in small group lessons in his community, but he was really missing his lessons and friends.
As Ramadan started (12th April 2021), lockdown restrictions were tightened in Bangladesh. Nural was still excited about Ramadan and told us how special it was to him, but his father Khurshed Alam, said that the pandemic had affected his livelihood and the family weren’t able to celebrate as they normally would.
As Eid passed, restrictions were not eased and Bangladesh remained in a prolonged state of lockdown.
After 18 months of closures, Nural’s school was finally allowed to reopen in September 2021. We caught up with Nural on his first day back at school, he was thrilled to be back in the classrooms with his friends.
Despite all of the disruptions to his education over the past 18 months, Nural is positive that it won’t stop him from achieving his dreams to attend higher education and become a doctor.
Watch the video to see how Nural’s first day back at school went: