Children across much of Europe have been going back to school for the start of a new year, but in many other parts of the world, coronavirus restrictions have kept classrooms closed.
We’ve taken a look at the situation in India and its neighbours in South Asia where the United Nations estimates nearly 600 million children have been affected by lockdowns.
Who’s not going back to the classroom?
When coronavirus restrictions were first imposed in March and April, it was at the start of the academic year in many South Asian countries.
School classrooms across the region were closed down, and these restrictions have largely remained in place.
- In India, classrooms are largely closed, with teaching being done remotely. However, the government says students from grade 9 to 12 can go into schools on a voluntary basis with their parents’ consent from 21 September if