Adolescent Girls Non-Formal Education in Emergencies (AGNEE)
Rohingya girls' education crisis
Fleeing large-scale violence and human rights abuses in Myanmar, over 655,500 Rohingya crossed neighbouring Bangladesh since September, 2017. Many of these children are showing signs of mental distress, and their displacement and statelessness expose them to high risks of violence, sexual abuse, child marriage and trafficking. A child’s right to an education does not end in times of emergency, and education services needed to be implemented as soon as possible for an estimated 450,000 Rohingya children. AGNEE is the only education program established that is specifically for Rohingya adolescent girls, this group is the highest proportion of out-of-school Rohingya refugee children.
In refugee camp settings, 85% of the girls who were enrolled in grade 6 have dropped out by grade 8. This significant reduction leads to girls having low levels of foundational literacy, greater social isolation and exclusion, increased psychological distress and prone to exploitation and abuse. AGNEE will be targeting the most vulnerable adolescent girls and providing them with physical and psycho-social protection, education resources and curriculum to aid in their cognitive development, personalised learning from qualified teachers and, mentorship by trained community members to allow them to achieve their potential.
More specifically, AGNEE will lead:
- To significant improvements foundational literacy and numeracy for illiterate girls who have not prior education experience
- To girls feeling empowered, confident and hopeful for the future
- Greater social inclusion through increased connection to peers and community
The resources that we need to continue the impact of AGNEE is someone who has experience in Education in Emergencies research.