Since August 2017, nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar from military attacks in what the United Nations describes as 'a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'.
It is now clear that there is no imminent solution and the vast majority of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh are likely to be there for some time. The world's response must now move towards including initiatives that give Rohingya children hope for the future. Education is now the vital priority.
614,000 Rohingya children are out of education and face an increased risk of child labor, underage marriage, sexual violence, and trafficking.
5,000 learning spaces and 10,000 trained teachers are needed to give Rohingya children in Bangladesh the chance of education.
What We Do
Street Child has identified local partners in Bangladesh and over the coming months we plan to provide education and psycho-social support for Rohingya children. Using our low-cost, high-impact model, we aim to reach the highest number of children possible - a vital approach where there are 614,000 children in need of education.
Working With Girls
There are increasing gender-specific protection concerns for Rohingya girls, including trafficking, sexual violence, early motherhood, and forced marriage of separated / unaccompanied girls. An alarming number of girls and women are survivors of rape in Myanmar, and many are pregnant, with an estimated 60,000–70,000 children to be born this year, creating an additional strain on overstretched resources.
We will be training teachers to deliver accelerated learning programs and providing education resources and psycho-social support to the children who need it most. Education will provide a crucial safe space for children, especially girls, many of whom will be learning for the first time.
We will also be piloting tablets and other remote learning opportunities, to take the pressure off increasingly cramped and overcrowded physical learning spaces.