Children’s plight for playground | 2017-02-28 |

Children’s plight for playground

Md Shamim Ahmed Rizvi, UNB     28th February, 2017 09:31:17 printer

Children’s plight for playground

It was a very hectic day for Raihan Ahmed, a banker, because he had to complete more tasks compared to the works of other days.


When he returned home at afternoon, he was almost exhausted. But he has no respite.


After entering home, his 6-year child started requesting Raihan to take him on the rooftop for playing games.


As there is no playground nearby, the boy all the daylong wait when his father will come and take him to the rooftop. But he cannot understand how much his father remains tired after office work.


“I know my son’s plight. But I feel so exhausted. Nevertheless, I have to take him to the rooftop and give him time,” Raihan was stating.


“If my son would get a playground in his school, I could get respite. But he is very ill-fated that his school is just inside a building and there is no playground,” Raihan expressed his anger.


This is not a single story; rather most of the children in the capital are undergoing similar sufferings as their school does not have any playground.


Around 64 percent schools in the capital do not have any class or course on physical exercise or games, according to a study of Work for Better Bangladesh (WBB).


As per government rules, each primary school and kindergarten in the capital must have 15 acres of lands for creating opportunities for children to play.


But the situation is completely different. At least 67 percent children in the capital do not have any spaces for playing games, the reports claims.


Due to lack of opportunities of playground, most of the children pass their time watching television, laptop, tab, Smartphone and other electronic devices.


“After spending much time with television, my 5-year old boy always thinks about that particular world which he sees in cartoon. Even, he uses the language similar to cartoon character,” said Jahanara Parveen, a government job holder.


The WBB study says around 47 percent children in the capital watch television over 3 hours a day.


Dr. Helal Ahmed, assistant professor of the National Institute of Mental Health,said, playground is very crucial for overall development of children. If a child cannot get spaces for playing and physical exercise, his/her mental and physical growth is severely affected.


“Children, especially in cities, are confined inside concrete building and there are deprived of socialization,” he viewed.


“Such children may have good marks in academic results, but his/ her social skills will not be properly developed,” the mental health expert viewed.


Social engagement of such children will be very poor and they will not be able to contribute to any social activities, Helal thinks.


“Now-a-days, we found that around 18 percent of such children, we passes most of their times in room, are suffering from mental sickness either in one criteria or several criteria,” he viewed.


Talking to the correspondent, several dozens of guardians pushed for arranging playgrounds at all schools, especially in metropolitan areas.


“There are very limited numbers of parks in the capital. Moreover, some are already occupied. If school authorities arrange playground, our children can get the chance to play at least during school hours,” said Sabrina Islam, mother of a 6-year boy living in the capital’s Mohammadpur area.


Begum Kamrun Nahar, assistant director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), said there is government rule specifying that school authorities must have particular spaces for playground of children.


But many school authorities are not following the rules. The government is working on it so that school authorities arrange such playgrounds, she viewed.