Beyond Survival, Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh want to learn

August 2019 update

Rozina Akta (foreground), 22, teaches level 4 students at the UNICEF-supported Learning Centre in Camp 4 of the Kutupalong-Balukhali mega-camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.


In the past two years, an immense effort by humanitarian partners including UNICEF has helped stabilize the situation for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who are living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. But meeting their day-to-day needs is an ongoing challenge, and so is the task of providing for their longer-term needs – especially those related to education. Refugee children and young people are clamouring for more than survival; they yearn for quality education and the opportunity to develop skills that can provide a path to a better future.

This UNICEF advocacy alert details the challenges mentioned above and efforts to address them, noting that the ultimate solution to the crisis is the voluntary and safe return of Rohingya refugees to their former communities in Myanmar. The report calls on the Government of Myanmar to establish conditions that would allow such a return as soon as possible. It also calls on the Government of Bangladesh and the international community to ensure that Rohingya refugee children and young people have access to the full range of rights and opportunities afforded to them by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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