BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA CHILDREN EDUCATION

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15-Aug-2019 00:01:54
Frustration and despair are overwhelming young Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said. The Agency's new report calls for urgent investment in education and skills development opportunities in and around the vast camps where most of the refugees live. UNICEF

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STORY: BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA CHILDREN EDUCATION
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SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNICEF ON SCREEN / EMBARGOED UNTIL 10:00 GMT FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2019
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DATELINE: MAY 2019, BALUKHALI CAMP, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

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1. Wide shot, Unchiprang Camp
2. Wide shot, exterior of houses in a Rohingya Refugee Camp, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh
3. Med shot, mother with child in the cradle.
4. Med wide, mother with a crying child clinging to her legs.
5. Various shots, mother and child being seen at a UNICEF supported Health Centre in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox's Bazaar Bangladesh.
6. Various shots, boys sitting in a UNICEF supported learning centre in Camp 18, Cox's Bazaar Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.
7. Close up, a boy's hands on a solar panel controller in a UNICEF supported Adolescent Training centre. Camp 22, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh.
8. Various shots, boys listening to a lesson in the training centre.

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Frustration and despair are overwhelming young Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh, UNICEF said today (16 AUG). The UN children’s agency has issued a new report calling for urgent investment in education and skills development opportunities in and around the vast camps where most of the refugees live.

This report marks two years since the arrival of around 745,000 Rohingya civilians fleeing extreme violence in Myanmar. It says that by June 2019, the overall education sector had provided non-formal education to 280,000 children aged four to 14. UNICEF and its partners have ensured access to learning for 192,000 of those children, enrolled in 2,167 learning centres.

However, this leaves over 25,000 children who are not attending any learning programmes, and an additional 640 learning centres are needed. Further, 97 per cent of children aged 15 to 18 years are not attending any type of educational facility.

More formal teaching and learning materials are being progressively rolled out for younger refugee children studying in camp learning centres. UNICEF and other agencies are calling on the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to allow the use of national educational resources – for example, curricula, learning and training manuals and assessment methods – to help provide more structured learning for Rohingya children.

The report says that without adequate opportunities for learning, adolescents can fall prey to traffickers who offer to smuggle desperate young Rohingya out of Bangladesh, and to drug dealers who operate in the area. Women and girls face harassment and abuse especially at nighttime.

UNICEF is supporting the development of youth centres and adolescent clubs in which life skills, psychosocial support, basic literacy and numeracy and vocational skills are provided as part of a comprehensive package. Nearly 70 such facilities were operational by July 2019 but far more are needed.

UNICEF says that since 2017, under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, humanitarian agencies have made substantial progress in strengthening health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, protection and other basic services. Examples include the establishment of camp health centres which offer routine medical services for pregnant women and babies around the clock, and the wider provision of chlorinated water to tap-stands through piped networks. Diarrhea and other waterborne diseases remain a threat, but rates of malnutrition among young children have fallen.
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