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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Lack of playgrounds force urban children to lead confined life

BSS
Lack of playgrounds force urban children to lead confined life

Rashida Begum, a resident of the capitlal's Farmgate Monipuri Para, is maintaining a family with her husband and six-year-old son Anik and four-year-old daughter Ria. Her two children are studying at a local missionary school. After returning from the school, Rashida's two children become crazy to play. As the school is built in a house inside a "mohalla" (locality), it lacks adequate space for playing. Though there is a playground adjacent to the main road of Farmgate, Rashida does not dare to take her children to the ground due to the unhygienic environment and free movement of the drug addicts. So, the kids are compelled to spend most of the time with watching television and playing games in computer, reports BSS.

Like the private schools of the city, most of the government primary schools are confined by walls. The schools seem like prisons. There is no space except classrooms and corridor. Shihab, a student of class-four, likes study but he doesn't feel courage to go to his school.

 The reason is clear that the school has no playground. He has to stay in the house in a restrained environment.

It is seen that the private schools run their activities on a single floor. According to government rules, any school cannot be established on land below 33 decimals. But schools are rampantly run flouting the rules. This correspondent has got the authenticity of the comments of Rashida Begum after talking to guardians and visiting different areas of the capital.

When former director of Shishu Academy and actress Falguni Ahmed was asked to comment the reason for being dependent on indoor entertainment by the children, she said the urban children have not adequate number of  playgrounds. The few playgrounds that exist in the city are unhygienic and dirty. There is no environment to play in these grounds due to free movement of the drug addicts.

As there are lack of entertainment facilities for the children in outside of the house, they are compelled to be dependent on indoor entertainment, lamented Falguni.

Dr Zillur Rahman Khan, an associate professor of the Child Guidance Clinic of the National Institute of the Mental Health, said the mental growth  of the children is being hampered due to bad relations between their parents,  high expectations of the guardians about their children, pressure of study and lack of scope for group games and sports.

Mainly those children, who don't get scope for games and sports, suffer  from depression and the desperate attitude is more among those who spent time by playing video games.Prof Khan regretted that nearly 90 percent parks of Dhaka city have gone  to the possession of the grabbers due to negligence and dishonesty of the authorities concerned.

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