Child marriage and school dropout in Bangladesh during Covid-19: Challenges for Youth Education Sustainability


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Although The international community's committed to abolishing child marriage by 2030 under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.3, with the adverse impact of Covid-19 it now looks merely impossible. UNICEF stated COVID-19 has put 10 million more girls in danger of underage marriage. Scientists warn that despite the fact that 25 million child marriages have been avoided in the previous decade, currently are now in jeopardy and will be a major threat in the path of SDG's achievement. The adverse impact of the pandemic's poverty, starvation, and lack of access to school, joblessness further accelerated the school dropouts and the danger of girls becoming child brides all around the world as well as Bangladesh. Millions of teenagers have been away from school since the outbreak of the pandemic. According to literature, the majority of females marry after they stop going to school, while boys begin working to assist their families income. In the long run, these put an end to a path to fewer job opportunities, economic instability, and long-term independence, and the sustainable development of the youth force. After 543days of closure of educational institutes in Bangladesh especially schools and colleges, the number of empty seats in the classrooms showed greater concern about dropouts. Following literature analysis from Bangladesh, this research aims to determine the influence of covid-19 on the rising number of child marriages and school dropouts, as well as the consequences of how it poses a danger to the achievement of related sustainable development goals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2021
EventChina and Higher Education 2021 Conference - Hong Kong Session: Education and SDGs: Promoting Quality Education for All - Lingnan University , Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 Dec 20216 Dec 2021


ConferenceChina and Higher Education 2021 Conference - Hong Kong Session
Abbreviated title#ChinaHE21
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
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