Friday, April 3, 2020

Half a million Rohingya children yet to see inside of classroom: Amnesty

Rohingya children stand in a queue at a registration camp in Cox’s Bazar. File Photo: Reuters
Star Online Report The international community must not shirk its responsibility to the education of Rohingya children in Bangladesh Cox’s Bazar camps, Amnesty International has said ahead of the first Global Refugee Forum. More than half a million children have yet to the see the inside...

Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh Are Being Denied an Education, Rights Group Says

Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh Are Being Denied an Education,
Rohingya children in the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh on February 14, 2019. Rohingya children in the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh on February 14, 2019. Kazi Salahuddin Razu—/NurPhoto/Getty Images The Bangladeshi government is violating the right to education of nearly 400,000 Rohingya children...

Rohingya child refugees being denied education: HRW report

Rohingya child refugees being denied education: HRW report
Rights body urges authorities to lift restrictions that deprive Rohingya children of their right to education. Bangladesh is blocking aid groups from providing education to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children in refugee camps, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. In a report titled, Are...

‘Existence of Rohingya at risk if children are not educated’

Rohingya children study at a makeshift center in Kutupalong refugee camp on Dec. 6, 2017. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com)
Former prime minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt has expressed her concern that a whole generation of Rohingyas could be lost if the absence of Rohingya refugee children in the education system is continued. She made the remarks while visiting the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s...

How Rohingya Refugee Children Are Torn Between Languages

How Rohingya Refugee Children Are Torn Between Languages
Language is both a means of assimilation and a source of exclusion for young Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh caught between a host country trying to prevent their integration and a home country that may prevent their return, writes Sunaina Kumar. Rohingya children at the UNICEF...

Rohingya refugee remembers those left behind as he graduates grateful in Adelaide

Photo: Rohingya refugee Akram Maungkyawmin at his Year 12 graduation from Christian Brothers College in Adelaide. (ABC News: Simon Royal) Related Story: UN on 'full alert' as more than 11,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar in a day Related Story: Rohingya refugee builds new life in Adelaide Map: Adelaide 5000 As a member of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, Akram Maungkyawmin was not allowed to go to school in his homeland. But a few days ago, on the last school day of his life, the 18-year-old stood before his year 12 classmates and teachers in Adelaide to say thanks. "I shall never forget this gift," Mr Maungkyawmin said to a school chapel crowded with kids, parents and teachers. "All the teachers who have walked with me on this journey, thank you." The ABC followed the young man's journey through his final year at Adelaide's Christian Brothers College (CBC). It began five years ago in Myanmar. Mr Maungkyawmin said in 2012 his older brother, Imran, was arrested, beaten and jailed by the military. It was just after their mother had died, leaving Akram and his four siblings orphaned. Eight men kneeling in a row with their hands tied behind their backs Photo: Akram Maungkyawmin's brother Iram (circled) was arrested, beaten and jailed by the military in 2012. (Supplied: Akram Maungkyawmin) The siblings decided to send Akram away to avoid the same fate as his brother. In his final address at CBC, the young man told his classmates and teachers a bit about that story. "My family provided the money for me to escape to Bangladesh, then Malaysia and finally Indonesia," Mr Maungkyawmin said. "Upon reaching Indonesia I boarded an illegal vessel with Australia as my destination." He spent time in immigration detention before being granted a bridging visa and offered a place at CBC. Australian family present for graduation None of Mr Maungkyawmin's brothers or sisters saw his final day at school but the people he calls his Australian family were there. Who are the Rohingya? The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees, a Muslim ethnic minority group rendered stateless in their homeland and detained in transit nations, is desperately bleak. This includes Sarah Ayles, whom Mr Maungkyawmin has been living with along with her husband and two children for the past 12 months. "I loved being here [at his graduation]," Ms Ayles said. "I'm proud of him. He's worked really hard and I'm just happy that I could be here today to share it with him." It was just as important to the young student. "I feel like someone is here from my family, my own family," Mr Maungkyawmin said. Two children, a teenager and mother sitting on grass patting the family dog Photo: Akram Maungkyawmin with his host family, the Ayles family Sarah, Holly, Jacob and Schoonar the dog. (ABC News: Simon Royal) Each step taking him further from family He is acutely aware that each step of his journey in this country takes him further from the experiences of his brothers and sisters. But that doesn't mean he's not sharing what they've been through. A few months ago all but one of Mr Maungkyawmin's siblings fled to Bangladesh after their village was torched. Last week his brother Imran sent videos of conditions in the refugee camp and Mr Maungkyawmin explained their content. "They are finding life very, very hard in the camp and the camp condition is really bad," he said. Mr Maungkyawmin said the situation was toughest on his younger brother and sister. "Whenever I call my younger brother he says, 'man I wish I could go somewhere like you and study, but in Bangladesh in the camp I have no hope. I have no future. I see there is no future for me so I am just waiting to die'," Mr Maungkyawmin said. "That breaks my heart." A crowd of Rohingya Muslim children, including a few in the front row carrying a bamboo stick. Photo: Rohingya Muslim children wait to receive handouts near the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. (AP: Dar Yasin, file) A refugee population the size of Adelaide UNICEF's Australian spokesperson Oliver White has just returned from visiting those same Bangladeshi camps. He said the influx of Rohingya refugees had created a new city. "The population now is 1.2 million people who are in need of assistance — that's the same population as Adelaide," Mr White said. "The speed at which people arrived is unprecedented, much faster than when people left Rwanda [during the 1990s]. "We haven't seen this since the '70s." Mr White is particularly concerned about the thousands of refugee children "The children that we met are in danger of being trafficked — forced into child labour or early marriage." UNICEF argues the first priority is to assist Bangladeshi care for the flood of refugees. But the organisation said it was also important to see that children started getting an education in the camps. It's the key to the future, as one young Rohingya man in Adelaide knows well. "I wish to give thanks to all of the CBC community that perhaps one day my dream of being a policeman will one day be realised," Mr Maungkyawmin said. Two women sitting in a crowd watch on at a high school graduation ceremony Photo: Akram Maungkyawmin was supported at his graduation by his Australian family Sarah Ayles and Emma Lewis. (ABC News: Simon Royal)
  As a member of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, Akram Maungkyawmin was not allowed to go to school in his homeland. But a few days ago, on the last school day of his life, the 18-year-old stood before his year 12 classmates and teachers in Adelaide...

Robbed of childhood, Rohingya sketch out their trauma

A Rohingya refugee girl reads the Quran to her teacher during a Quran reading lesson at a mosque in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Oct 24, 2017. Reuters
  Shupira sits surrounded by dozens of children drawing colourful patterns onto white sheets of paper. But the eight-year-old’s picture is turning out differently. With a grey pen, she sketches houses full of people, then switching colours to orange, she sets the buildings on fire with her...

King Abdullah Foundation supports education of over 76,000 Rohingya refugee children

King Abdullah Foundation supports education of over 76,000 Rohingya refugee children
A classroom where Rohingya refugees are given education. RIYADH — The King Abdullah Foundation has launched an initiative to support the education of more than 76,000 Rohingya refugee children, in cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB)....

Rendering aid to the Rohingya through education

Rendering aid to the Rohingya through education
MALAYSIANS KINI | Like many Malaysians, Tengku Emma Zuriana only came to know about the Rohingya when a group of around 450 people from the ethnic community arrived on the shores of Langkawi in 2012. Prior to that, she had never heard of the Rohingya,...

Exodus Worsens Education for Rohingya Children

Exodus Worsens Education for Rohingya Children
As more than a half-million ethnic Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar into Bangladesh, education that was limited before has come to a standstill, says a Harvard doctoral student who studied the community in the region recently. Education was scarce for Muslim Rohingya youth before 2012, but...

Group to build special school for Rohingya children

Dr Mohd Zin with some of the Rohingya children in Kulai Besar, Johor. Group to build special school for Rohingya children
KULAI: Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare) is in the midst of building a special school to cater to the education needs of Rohingya children seeking refuge in the country. Its board of trustee member, Dr Mohd Zin Kandar, said the school would be located in Serdang,...

Education as Empowerment: Rohingya Youth Set Up A Literacy Mission

He recounts how he completed his higher education in Statistics at the University of Sittwe with great difficulty.
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