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Kids Time Home

An online community of 10,000+ families interacting, learning and spending quality time with each other to fight COVID-19.

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Kids Time Home is helping families with young children to engage, interact and learn from each other through a combination of LIVE shows, access to content and social media community during COVID-19 in the world's 7th largest city with over 2.5 million children between 3-8 years old.  

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I believe, for a child to learn and prepare them for the future, our schools and our families should focus more on skills like creativity, problem-solving, empathy, emotional intelligence and moral values. I wish to leave the part where schools are just a place for rote learning and memorizing, and parents treat the schools as a place that simply takes exams and grades. A greater discussion should start where schools and families work together to prepare their children for the future. There is always a visible tension between school teachers, management and parents in our country. In post-COVID, I would love to see that change.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am Waliullah Bhuiyan. I am a children's book author and designer. I am also running an organization called Light of Hope - a social enterprise focusing on helping children to develop their creativity, problem-solving, emotional intelligence. In the last 5 years, I have turned the organization to become the largest education-based social enterprise that is directly impacting over 150,000+ children. 

When COVID-19 outbroke in our country, we have to close 8 of our after-school centers where we run courses for 500+ children on creativity, problem-solving, empathy and social skills. So we decided to start Kids Time Home - a family program that will help children and parents to continue spending quality time and learning the skills. But since the whole country is in lockdown and all the schools are closed, we made the program open for everyone. 

What region are you located in?

  • South-eastern Asia

Where are you located?

We are located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and the center of the COVID-19 of the country. It is the 7th largest city by population in the world. 2.5 million children (3-8 years old) are stuck at home for the last 2 months due to school closure and strict restriction of going out. Schools are not taking online classes, and there is almost no engagement for children beyond spending time with parents and smartphone or TV.

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One of the innovative ideas to continue creative activities from home. Specially in Bangladesh where people prioritize academic learning too much, kids time home will help reduce some stress from the children.

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Thanks Momel. Yes, it will be great to see how this is going to shape in the coming days.

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