Supporting Rohingya Refugees’ Education

Around one fourth of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar are children aged 5 to 17. Their future is uncertain.

Kawsara Akhter, one of the Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar refugee camp, received school kits from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Monday (7/20). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR - Kawsara Akhter (10) joined the line with other children at Camp-1 Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar. She was lining up for new school kits that were distributed that day. She rarely receives new school kits, something that she cannot afford. She received new bags, notebooks, drawing books, new Quran copy, and stationery.

Besides Fatima, 99 other child refugees received new school kits on Monday (7/20). They were the students at Madrasa Darussalam in Kutupalong.

Firdaus Guritno from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Global Humanity Response Team explained that the distribution of new school kits was a form of support for Rohingya children’s education. "We hope that, with the aid distribution, we can maintain the enthusiasm of the Rohingya children," said Firdaus.

According to UNHCR, as of June 30 2020, there are currently 860,356 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Nearly 35.5 percent of them are children aged 5-17 years-old. The children have not been able to receive formal education.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Rohingya children have been denied access to education in their asylum country. The local government has denied Rohingya children from attending formal schools. In addition, the Bangladeshi government has been blocking foreign and multilateral donors and humanitarian partners from providing funding and implementing education programs.

In addition to lack of formal education, Rohingya children have also been suffering from starvation. ACT takes part in supporting the Rohingyas by providing food aid and waqf well.

"They are always in need of food assistance. They are always grateful to receive aid assistance in the midst of difficulties that they are facing. Especially during the pandemic, their condition has deteriorated. Our sympathy means a lot to them," added Firdaus. []