Ils sont Soudanais, Birmans, Palestiniens, Afghans, Congolais ou Syriens. Ils ont fui la guerre, les persécutions ciblées, abandonnant leur maison, leur école, leurs camarades, leurs habitudes, dans les pas de leurs parents. Ils ont obtenu le statut protecteur de réfugié, qui leur garantit en principe le droit à l’éducation. « Le réfugié aura les mêmes droits qu’un national en matière d’éducation publique et d’assistance publique », rappellent les articles 22 et 23 de la Convention sur les réfugiés datant de 1951.
Twelve months after the humanitarian nightmare began to unfold in northern Rakhine, the UK renews its call on the international community to prioritise long-term support, especially access to education, for the Muslim refugees living in the camps in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, UNICEF warns that investment in education is “desperately needed” to avert a “long generation” of refugee children.
Rohingya refugee children who lack proper education in camps in Bangladesh could become a “lost generation,” the United Nations said on Thursday, a year after Myanmar’s army began a crackdown that has forced more than 700,000 people to flee the country.
This time a year ago, the mass exodus of refugees began from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. But one year on and only a quarter of the funds requested by 11 partners to cover their education needs have been provided: US$11.7 million of $47.3 million.
Thousands of people who fled ongoing violence said their children’s schooling was a major factor in their decision to return.
On a cold, gray Saturday morning last winter, Salamat Khan Bin Jalil Khan sat behind the wheel of his battered 1995 Honda Civic and warmed up the sputtering engine for his 22-mile trip to work.
Wild elephants and snakes, violent men lurking in the forest and human traffickers on the prowl during the night. These are among the most pressing fears identified by Rohingya children who fled fighting in Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a new report launched today by Save the Children, World Vision and Plan International to coincide with the six month mark of the crisis.
In one of the most comprehensive analyses to date of life in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh, “Childhood Interrupted” details the wide-ranging daily challenges and fears faced by refugee children, many of whom reported witnessing brutal violence, killing of family members or their homes being burnt to the ground in Myanmar.
Bangladesh has not taken any steps to help the children continue their studies. Thousands of Rohingya children, who fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine state to save their lives, are staring at a bleak future as chances for them to resume their schooling appear slim.
While most children get back on their routines after the winter break, 14-year-old Syrian refugee Nizar strives to return to school while working to support his family.
“I love it — I do love school, and I miss it so much,” he told The Jordan Times during a visit to the Makani centre in Sweileh, where he shared his struggle to continue his education after fleeing the Syrian conflict with his family.
In Kyangwali refugee Camp in Hoima District, Western Uganda is COBURWAS Primary School, a refugee school that out performs government and other private schools in Uganda at the national exams (Uganda Primary school leaving Examinations). The school whose students are mostly refugees living in Uganda was set up by Joseph Munyambanza born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and colleagues who Fled to Uganda when they were still young (he was six).
The population of Africa is expected to quadruple in the next 80 years. The young especially need prospects for the future – and quality education. Brussels is hoping this will ease the pressure to migrate to Europe.
Funding education is one of the biggest challenges in humanitarian aid work, with only 3.6 per cent of the aid budget currently allocated to putting children in schools, UN’s Chief of Humanitarian aid work, has said .
I still remember clearly the day my father decided to leave Syria: Feb. 27, 2013.
I didn’t want to flee my beloved country, because my country is my identity. It’s where my childhood is and where my memories are. And I was sad to leave my friends and my school behind. I knew that if I lost my education that would be the end of my story.
Unsafe schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in Uganda and three other African countries.
For most of his life, Hamidul Hassan says he has struggled to find an identity. As a Muslim Rohingya living in Myanmar, he had no passport, lacked the freedom to worship his religion, was not free to travel and had no formal education. He says his only hope for a future was to leave the only country he ever knew. So, in 2012, he fled to neighboring Bangladesh before reaching Malaysia. When he eventually arrived off an airplane as a refugee resettling in the United States in 2015, he spoke no English.