UN says Rohingya children in need of basic education

Children make up over half the population in Bangladesh refugee camps, where education opportunities are limited

UN says Rohingya children in need of basic education

Rohingya children and youths in Bangladesh refugee camps are in need of education, a spokesperson for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Friday. 

“We are concerned about losing a generation. Young people especially have limited opportunities to get an education here,” Alastair Lawson Tancred told journalists in Cox’s Bazar, a district in southeastern Bangladesh where Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution by the Myanmar army live. 

Tancred said more than half of the roughly 1 million Rohingya staying in the camps are children, most of which are under 17 years old.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) aims to provide education for children aged 9-14 in the camps, he added. 

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