School reopening should be done on a risk-based approach – with situations closely monitored, particularly for the effect of COVID-19 variants – and school closure be used as a last resort.
Ryotaro works on improving the education sector in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Before joining ADB as a Young Professional in 2015, he has worked for 10 years in international development organizations like the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
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Bangladesh not only kept girls in school but improved their lives on multiple levels with a simple, low-cost stipend program. It offers valuable insights for school systems around the world struggling with the pandemic.
Sri Lanka is making progress on improving public TVET, but IT courses have yet to generate the needed employment opportunities.
It’s an inevitable process to harness the power of the digital revolution in education programs.