Take Action: Allow Rohingya Children Access to Formal Education

Take Action: Allow Rohingya Children Access to Formal Education

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SUMMARY: Within one and a half years almost 745,000 Rohingya fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, and escaped to Bangladesh where also already around 32,000 registered Rohingya refugee staying at both at Nayapara and Kutupalong since 1992. However among them 3 out of 4 children do not have access to formal education and education delivery in Refugee camps remains a significant challenge. Rohingya students expelled from local schools in Bangladesh being refugee and Bangladesh have provided no legal pathway for Rohingya refugee children to attend the local school and prohibited them from receiving formal education in the camps. Due to the human rights violations that are direct results of Burma's military systematic operation against the Rohingya minority:

• Attacks: The human rights situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate, as the civilian government fails to bring about democratic reforms and instead resorts to the kind of repression carried out under previous military regimes, said the UN human rights expert Yanghee Lee, speaking at the end of an 11-day mission to neighbouring Thailand and Bangladesh. A UN report has also said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity.

• Demolitions: Myanmar’s Citizenship Act of 1982 denies citizenship to Rohingya on the basis of their ethnicity. The overwhelming majority of Rohingya in Rakhine. Government authorities have deprived Rohingya of identity documents. In 2012 the authorities tightened restrictions on Rohingya access to education. In large parts of Rakhine, Rohingya children are no longer allowed into previously mixed government schools. Government teachers refuse to come to schools in Muslim areas. Instead, students attend community schools staffed by untrained volunteers. Higher education is largely off-limits for Rohingya.

• Closures: Education in refugee camps in Bangladesh is delivered by a range of International aid agencies (INGO) community-based organisations (CBO) and other national development organisations. Responsibilities vary, however, there are no formal curriculum or framework for Rohingya. Many organisations have educational responsibility for a handful of camps - managing many of the ‘temporary learning centres’, secular education in Madrassas and ‘Child-Friendly Spaces.

Many agencies are obliged to seek approval for any activities through the Bangladesh government coordinating office, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) and official Bangladesh government policy is that formal education is not permitted. UNICEF and other UN agencies and NGOs describe educational facilities in the camps are as learning centres without real schools and fixed curriculum.

It is estimated that there are about 500,000 children under the age of 18 living in the refugee camps, with about 300,000 aged 3 to 14 out of schools and formal learning in Bangladesh camps.

The problems noted above have resulted Rohingya children deprived from access to formal education in the camps and also restricted from enrolling at local Bangladeshi schools as A notice from January 23 by a Bangladeshi official responsible for refugee issues in Cox’s Bazar asks Bangladeshi secondary schools “to take strict measures so that no Rohingya children can attend any Bangladeshi educational institutions outside of the camps” there is also restricted on Rohingya to obtain formal education in the camps.

The right to education is protected under Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social And Cultural Rights (1966), and the Convention On The Rights of The Child (1989). The Rohingya students should be guaranteed free access to educational institutions, regardless of their ethnic and religious background.


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Contact officials and call on them to demand that Rohingya children have immediate, unrestricted access to formal education.

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