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Digital learning and expression tackles barriers for Rohingya refugee children.

Connection beyond the camps

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Whilst children in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh are not permitted to access written learning materials in their own language, daily digital lessons in the camps enable alternative, creative, visual communication of educational content. Children also produce video newsletters to communicate with their peers beyond the camp in a new online platform named 'Moja Kids'.
Seeing themselves on screen was literally jaw dropping and resulted in entire classrooms jumping up to clap and cheer.

John Littleton, Asia Regional Manager, Children on the Edge.

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8 900
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1
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2018
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Updated on January 28th, 2021
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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. 

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Digital programme from Children on the Edge and Mukti wins 2020 Tech4Good Education award
https://www.childrenontheedge.org/latest-stories/tech4good
Children use digital technology to prevent the spread of coronavirus
https://youtu.be/YAhKVvxC9Us
The context of the Learning Centres
https://www.childrenontheedge.org/bangladesh-education-for-rohingya-refugee-children.html
Education for Rohingya refugee children in Kutupalong
Education in the Kutupalong camp
Reaction to first Moja Kids newsletter
Reaction to first Moja kids newsletter
MOJA KIDS ONLINE PLATFORM
https://www.mojakids.net/
Raiyan is 10 years old and a student in a school supported by Children on the Edge in the Rohingya Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. He has learnt a lot since starting school and is now working at level 2. He concentrates hard in his lessons and is naturally very creative. When his teacher tells a story or describes something that has happened to the class, Raiyan immediately starts imagining it. It’s hard for him being limited to living in the camp and only hearing about what happens outside, but it doesn’t stop him having hopes for the future. When he grows up, Raiyan wants to be an airplane pilot. He says that every night he sees planes flying south to north and is amazed by the blinking lights in the night sky. He had always wondered how airplanes fly, what’s inside them, and how people sit in them. Recently, all these questions were answered when he was able to watch a documentary about airplanes at his Learning Centre. The video has not only made him more curious but more determined to fly in a plane one day, or better still become a pilot. The digital programme in Kutupalong gives students access to experiences and knowledge from around the world and enables them to have interaction with other children outside the camp. It tackles language barriers, encourages creativity and brings lessons alive. 
Multi media learning for Rohingya refugee children
https://youtu.be/vdGHHq6F-JM

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June 2020
HundrED 2019
June 2020
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
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