Virus closed schools. So what?

  • Four years ago, a youth group from Alokito Shishu Foundation set up a school for children on the banks of Ichamati River in Sirajdikhan Upazila of Munshiganj. The school is funded by ordinary people. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Four years ago, a youth group from Alokito Shishu Foundation set up a school for children on the banks of Ichamati River in Sirajdikhan Upazila of Munshiganj. The school is funded by ordinary people. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The Alokito Shishu school used to operate with 50 students, most of whom were from the river gypsy community, and two teachers. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The Alokito Shishu school used to operate with 50 students, most of whom were from the river gypsy community, and two teachers. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Like other educational institutions across the country, the Alokito Shishu school was also shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Like other educational institutions across the country, the Alokito Shishu school was also shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Two young teachers from Alokito Shishu school are seen conducting classes on a boat. Since the school is closed, the teachers themselves visit the students in their boats and conduct classes there. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Two young teachers from Alokito Shishu school are seen conducting classes on a boat. Since the school is closed, the teachers themselves visit the students in their boats and conduct classes there. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Two young teachers from Alokito Shishu school conduct hour-long classes in groups of 3-4 children every day. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Two young teachers from Alokito Shishu school conduct hour-long classes in groups of 3-4 children every day. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Farzana is one of the two teachers at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. She has been teaching students almost every day amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Farzana is one of the two teachers at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. She has been teaching students almost every day amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Hasan Mia is a third-grader at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. Schoolteacher Farzana visits him almost every day for his class as the school is closed now due to the pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Hasan Mia is a third-grader at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. Schoolteacher Farzana visits him almost every day for his class as the school is closed now due to the pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Sumaiya, a nursery student at Alokito Shishu school, has just started to learn the alphabet. Although the school remains closed, the teachers continue to visit her boat to take classes. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Sumaiya, a nursery student at Alokito Shishu school, has just started to learn the alphabet. Although the school remains closed, the teachers continue to visit her boat to take classes. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Nipa Akhtar, a third-grader at Alokito Shishu school, is travelling by boat to attend her teacher Farzana’s class. The students of the school are continuing with their classes amid the pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Nipa Akhtar, a third-grader at Alokito Shishu school, is travelling by boat to attend her teacher Farzana’s class. The students of the school are continuing with their classes amid the pandemic. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Parvez, another teacher at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj, is seen teaching his first-grade student Ovi Mia. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Parvez, another teacher at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj, is seen teaching his first-grade student Ovi Mia. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Schoolteacher Parvez is seen teaching Ria Muni Akhtar, a fourth-grade student at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Schoolteacher Parvez is seen teaching Ria Muni Akhtar, a fourth-grade student at Alokito Shishu school in Munshiganj. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

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