School's out: How climate change threatens education

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Record-breaking heat last month that prompted governments in Asia to close schools offers fresh evidence of how climate change is threatening the education of millions of children.

Students leaving their school compound carry umbrellas on a hot summer day in Dhaka on April 28, 2024, amid the ongoing heatwave.BANGKOK, Thailand —

Mohua Akter Nur, 13, is living proof of that claim, sweltering in a one-room home in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka after her school closed."The heat is intolerable," she told AFP last month.April marked the 11th straight month of record global heat, and the pattern is clear in Bangladesh, said Shumon Sengupta, country director for NGO Save the Children.

Bangladesh's urban schools can be sturdy, but are often overcrowded, with little ventilation, said Sengupta. Those children "are also less likely to have better conditions at home to protect them during heatwaves". Developing countries in the region need help to invest in upgrading infrastructure, said Sengupta, but the only real solution to the crisis lies in tackling the root cause: climate change."The climate crisis is a child crisis. Adults are causing the crisis, but it's children who are impacted the most.

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