Schoolbags_Weight_NepalBuddi Shrestha, program director in Nepal, took a look into the weight of schoolbags carries carried by children in his country.

Within, mainly are the books that are continued to be carried between school and home. However, different studies have shown that overweight schoolbags can have a negative impact on the students, whether physical, psychological, or economical.

Overweight schoolbags can bend the spine, cause muscle tensions, chronic pain in the back, shoulder, and neck, etc. and also trigger stress for some young students. In fact, in addition to making sure of their homework performance and test preparation, the children must make sure of the management of their materials under the pain of being punished in the case of forgetting.

In the minds of many parents, the model student wears a uniform and greets his/her parents in English, with a bag on the back. The economic world knew to capture this image d’Epinal and the education system seems to be guided by the market and its interests, persuading parents to purchase more books for their children. If no study has been done in Nepal on this topic, three American medical associations have already expressed their point of view on the issue: a schoolbag must not exceed 15% of the total weight of the child.

It is still difficult for a child to not have a schoolbag but there are solutions to alleviate it: installing drinkable water fountains in the schools to avoid students from bringing their bottles; carrying only the books that are used throughout the day; encourage parents to prioritize the quality of bags and not the aesthetics.

>> Find the full Tribune of Buddi Shrestha in English on the Nepalese site of MyRepublica

July 2019