Bangalore school kids go to class

School closings and lockdowns in India The psychological consequences for children are serious

In focus:

Schools in India have been closed for almost a year due to the corona pandemic. Don Bosco Mission Bonn commemorates the fate of these children and young people on the occasion of the UN Education Day on January 24th.

Since March 2020, the state schools in India have been closed due to Corona. Some schools offer digital lessons. Online teaching is likely to widen the educational gap in the country. Less than ten percent of families with school children have a computer and the Internet at home. But not only is the educational gap widening, but also the psychological disorders in children and adolescents, such as depression, threaten to increase.

The shattered dream of educationSampath * 13 years from India

No smartphone - no lessons - no future?

Sampath * cannot take part in online classes. There is only one cell phone in his family and his oldest brother needs that. When the brother leaves the house early in the morning, he takes the cell phone with him. He needs the cell phone for his work. He doesn't return home until late in the evening. For his two younger brothers, this means that they have no way of taking part in digital lessons or watching educational videos.

The brothers spend the day at home, in a one-room apartment. There they live with their mother and grandmother. Sampath is depressed because he had big plans. The 13 year old wanted to become a computer scientist. Now he's already lost a whole school year. The future without access to education is uncertain.

* Name changed

Socially dependent

For a large number of children in India, digital teaching is no alternative to face-to-face teaching, as they neither have a smartphone nor a computer or a stable internet connection at home. These children feel socially dependent and are extremely stressed psychologically. There are also financial problems as many parents have lost their jobs.

Empower children

The Salesians of Don Bosco and the Don Bosco Sisters know how difficult the situation is for young people. That is why they stand even closer by the side of the children and young people in these difficult times. The Don Bosco sisters in Bangalore support the so-called children's parliaments. "The boys and girls should learn how democracy and parliamentary structures work. Then they can also claim their rights and belong to the political leaders of tomorrow," says Sister Rosy Lopez FMA with certainty.

Further background information on the topic: Interviews & Stories

"The children feel lost"

Interview with Sister Rosy

Due to school closings in India, most children and teenagers have to stay at home all day. Don Bosco's sister Rosy Lopez from Bangalore explains what the consequences are.

"I want to go back to school"

Tanya from India

In the lockdown, some schools in India are offering digital lessons. This is a challenge for many families. Tanya and her sister only have one smartphone that they have to share.

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