More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children living in camps in south-east Bangladesh now attend schools following effort from the humanitarian community to construct a network of around 1,600 Learning Centres throughout the camp, the UNICEF has said.
The initiative has an aim to eventually reach 260,000 children with education this year, through 2,500 Learning Centres run by 5,000 teachers and Rohingya volunteers.
“The scale of the Rohingya refugee crisis demanded a rapid response,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.
“But we were only able to respond to immediate needs and could not reach every child. This year we are scaling up services to reach more children than ever before while focusing on improving the quality of education each child receives.”
Currently, the majority of adolescents aged 15 to 18 do not receive any kind of education in the refugee camps. This group is extremely vulnerable to child marriage, child labour, human trafficking, abuse and exploitation, says the UN agency for children.
UNICEF had said in a report that the teenagers are at risk of becoming a lost generation if they are not educated.