With natural disasters becoming increasingly frequent, the government has drafted a climate change adaptation action plan proposing establishment of more floating schools for ensuring that children’s education is not discontinued during the time of flooding.
The proposal featured in the draft action plan prepared with the target to reduce risks for children during disasters and better adapt to the impacts of climate changes.
The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh Centre for Advances Studies and UNICEF jointly prepared the action plan that was shared at a workshop at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon.
‘Disasters in our country are largely related to water. So we need to be better prepared for dealing with it,’ said BCAS executive director Atiq Rahman.
‘We must think of ways to protect our children through adaptation from the impacts of climate change,’ said Atiq.
The UNICEF, Bangladesh deputy representative Sima Sengupta said about three million among the seven million people affected by the flood that hit in August were children.
Nurul Amin, deputy director at the Directorate of Primary Education, said over 2,900 government primary schools were damaged in the flood rendering the academic lives of thousands of children to uncertainty.
The workshop was also attended by the IMED secretary Mofizul Islam, Mohammed Jahangir Hossain, director (planning and development), directorate of secondary and higher education, and Shamsul Alam, a Planning Commission member.
The BCAS fellows Dwijen Mallick and Samia Saif presented the action plan titled ‘operationalisation of SAARC Framework on Child-centred DRR (disaster risk reduction) and adaptation.’
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