Over 460,000 Rohingya children live in camps in Cox’s Bazar, according to the UN
Speakers at a webinar have emphasized imparting proper education for the Rohingya children living in camps in Bangladesh in a bid to groom them as global citizens.
The webinar was organized by SM Zillur Rahman, chairman of Bangladesh Bamboo, Cane and Mate Craft Foundation (BBCMF), to raise awareness about the education of Rohingya children in the present-day world.
“The government of Bangladesh has now relocated some 18,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char from the camps in Cox’s Bazar. According to the government’s plans, the island has the capacity to house 100,000 Rohingyas, based on the currently available infrastructure and space,” said SM Zillur Rahman.
Currently there are 461,266 Rohingya children living in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, according to the UN.
It is a major challenge for the government to provide quality primary and secondary education to the Rohingya children in the overflowing Cox’s Bazar camps, remarked Zillur, former director of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Additional Secretary Dr Md Abdur Rouf said: “The government, in cooperation with BBCMF, has set up a primary school at the Bhashan Char for some 18,000 Rohingya children.”
The global number of forcibly displaced people has doubled since 2010, according to the latest report from the UNHCR, he noted.
At the end of 2020, there were 82.4 million forcibly displaced people in the world, according to the UNHCR, Rouf added.
Nepal Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Banshidhar Mishra in his remarks said education is the basic right of every child.
He also mentioned several notable displaced individuals, including Albert Einstein, who had to escape from Germany and later became a world-renowned scientist after getting quality higher education in the USA.
“Nepal gave shelter to some 100,000 Bhutanese citizens 35-40 years ago. With the intervention of developed countries, the number has dropped to 5,000 now,” the Nepal envoy said.
He continued: “Nepal also gave shelter to 30,000 Tibetans and is trying to impart education to the children in cooperation with NGOs.”
The ambassador also praised the government as well as the people of Bangladesh for hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, following a deadly crackdown by Myanmar's army.
The webinar was attended, among others, by Brunei High Commissioner in Dhaka Haris Othman, World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (Wasme) Secretary General Riffat Mahmood and Ashrayan-3 Project Director Rashed Sattar.