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More than 400,000 children at risk of dropping out of education permanently after COVID-19 catastrophe in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps
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More than 400,000 children at risk of dropping out of education permanently after COVID-19 catastrophe in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps

The Rohingya refugee children face an unprecedented education emergency in the camps. The ability of Rohingya children to access quality formal education is strictly restricted both in Myanmar and in the refugee camps of Bangladesh because of this the whole generation faces an uncertain future.

In a system of discrimination leading up to genocide in Myanmar, Rohingya children are often unable to attend mixed Rakhine-Rohingya schools but are instead kept in separate education facilities where the quality of education is off-limits. As a result of Myanmar’s ongoing human rights abuses against Rohingya, more than 73% of them in Rakhine State self-identify as illiterate.

Education is one of the challenges plaguing the community, which often avoids enrolling their children in schools due to discrimination or because of poverty, which often forces young people and girls to skip school to earn or get into early marriage.

As part of the community, we realise the necessity of quality formal education in uplifting the entire Rohingya community out of inter-generational poverty and tackle this humanitarian crisis. Our education project has been designed to provide quality formal education for the young generation from the grassroots level to possible higher level by equipping them with necessities.

We have been receiving many requests from Rohingya youths and parents’ which are related to quality formal education particularly primary to secondary level students, who have been living in camps since 1992. There are also thousands of post-secondary students now living in the Bangladesh refugee camps. They all are supposed to be in colleges or universities if the Rohingya were citizens of any country.

Many countries and humanitarian NGOs have paid attention to their necessities such as food, shelter, and health care, but education remains one of the main important parts for them.

At the same time, the available empirical evidence suggests that Rohingya face a situation of widespread illiteracy, especially in the refugee camps. The illiteracy rate of the Rohingya community is estimated to be close to 95%, one of the highest in Asia.

By providing quality formal education to children and young people, they will be able to further participate in the social, cultural, and economic development, outside of the classroom. Education is known to contribute to a reduction in poverty by teaching job skills and improving awareness of their rights, and the tools needed to exercise rights. This further reduces the burden on host communities and humanitarian agencies.  

Considering the above context, and upon the request of Rohingya youths in the camps, the AROUK has taken the initiative to campaign for and implement quality formal education.

Our target group: There are many many school aged children and young people in Myanmar, Bangladesh and elsewhere. We prioritise those who do not have access to formal and higher education at all due to their lack of financial means and opportunities or restrictions.

Our goal: Our main goal is to enable Rohingya children to access formal quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities across the world. We aim to work with partners all over the world helping to empower Rohingya children and amplify their voices.

We need your help to: 

  • Open schools so children can learn to build brighter futures.
  • Improving classrooms and helping students reach their full potential. 
  • Provide learning materials and essential items.

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