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.