John Littleton, Asia Regional Manager, Children on the Edge.
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Connection beyond the camps
A digital solution
What we do?
In the largest refugee camp in the world, Children on the Edge are pioneering a digital learning programme to circumvent language barriers and deliver meaningful education for our 7,500 students in the refugee camps. Beyond this, the children work together to create and share their own fun packed videos using a digital platform. Their creations are compiled and shared back and forth across hundreds of classrooms in Cox's Bazar so they can express themselves and form a genuine connection with their peers.
Why we do it?
We have provided education for thousands of Rohingya refugee children in Kutupalong since 2010. Since the latest influx of refugees after the 2017 genocide, whilst authorities have permitted education for children, they have prohibited teaching in the national language of Bengali. The Rohingya language has no written text, and, in the refugee camps, printed text is only permitted in Burmese or English. This creates a huge barrier to education, as these languages are largely not spoken or understood by either the refugees or Bangladeshi teachers. As such, Rohingya students in the camps cannot understand what they are being taught and are struggling to learn. They are cut off from the outside world and denied the means of expressing themselves.