Study continues in gypsy fleet amid coronavirus
Published: 04:39 PM, 9 October 2020
Study of gypsy children continues in boats (Photo: Daily Bangladesh)
A fleet of around 60 gypsy boats used to live on the Dhaleshwari River in Munshiganj’s Sirajdikhan. In this fleet, there are around 50 children who studied at Alokito Shishu School. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, all schools across the country remain closed.
However, students of other schools continue their studies virtually during the pandemic as well. But gypsy children do not have such an opportunity to continue their studies. As result, two teachers of the Alokito Shishu School are teaching these children by going to the boat in the morning.
Fahima Akhter, a third-grader of Alokito Shishu School, wants to be a teacher in the future to serve society and to enlighten herself.
Like Fahima, the dream of 49 more children in the Gypsy fleet is to do something for the society after being well educated. Parents of these children also think that there is no alternative to education.
Studies continue here in the gypsy fleet despite schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and there are no virtual facilities here.
Parvez Hasan, in-charge of Alokito Shishu School, said, “If five out of the fifty students are being educated, then we too will be successful.”
UP Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed said if necessary, we will provide food for the children and also provide whatever is needed.
Meanwhile, Alokito Shishu School was founded in 2015 having play-group to fifth grade for the gypsy students in their curriculum. From here, eight children have been promoted to high school so far.