The United Nations and humanitarian community have welcomed Bangladesh’s decision to expand access to education for Rohingya children and adolescents living in the Cox’s Bazar camps.
“We believe this a positive step,” they said in a press statement after a recent meeting of the National Task Force on the Rohingya situation with Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen in the chair.This is a clear indication of the commitment by the Government of Bangladesh to ensure access to learning for Rohingya children and adolescents, as well as to equip them with the right skills and capacities for their future and return to Myanmar when the conditions allow, reads a UN statement issued in Dhaka on Wednesday.
In line with the government’s decision, the Education Sector for the humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar now plans to pilot the introduction of the Myanmar curriculum in the Rohingya refugee camps starting in April, initially targeting 10,000 Rohingya students in grades 6 to 9.
The use of the Myanmar curriculum will be expanded to other grades in a phased manner. The UN said these efforts will help to accelerate an expansion of education particularly to older children, make the content of education more relevant for refugees and allow us to more comprehensively meet the educational wishes of the Rohingya people.
When conditions become conducive and refugees are able to return to Myanmar in a safe, dignified and sustainable way, these efforts will also help children reintegrate into the Myanmar education system and society, said the statement.
In Myanmar’s Rakhine State, the UN and partners will also, to the extent possible, continue to provide educational support and assistance to Rohingya and other affected communities.
To date, the Education Sector in Cox’s Bazar has provided informal education opportunities to 324,000 Rohingya children aged 4 to 14 years based on the Learning Competency Framework and Approach (LCFA).In addition, over 10,000 Rohingya adolescents aged 15 to 18 years have received literacy, numeracy, life-skills and vocational skills training.
Education plays a key role in every child’s development, but it is even more critical in the current situation of displacement for Rohingya children, adolescents and youths.