$25 million for training dropout Rohingya, host schoolchildren

Ershad Kamol | Published: 01:29, Sep 16,2019


Learning centres would be set up for dropout Rohingya children and adolescents of host community in Cox’s Bazar with a $25 million Wold Bank grant under the government’s reaching out of schoolchildren project.

The project would provide basic informal education for 1.5 lakh Rohingya children living at two mega camps at Ukhia and Teknaf and also pre-vocational training for 8.5 thousand local adolescents, who dropped out after completing primary education, primary and mass education secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain told New Age.

Akram would inaugurate pre-vocational training centres simultaneously at eight upazilas in Cox’s Bazar on September 21.

‘Dropped out adolescents aged between 15 and 23 will get training in 22 categories such as driving, housekeeping, sewing and others for three months of period under the supervision of Save the Children,’  ROSC project director Md Delwar Hossain said.

A memorandum of understanding would be signed with United Nations Children’s Fund soon for basic informal education in mathematics, Burmese and English to 1.5 lakh Rohingya children at 1,500 learning centres. Learning materials would also be provided to them free of cost, Delwar said.

‘UNICEF already has 1,000 learning centres and 500 new centres will be constructed,’ he said adding that 1,500 teachers, both from local and Rohingya communities, would be trained up under the project.

‘The centres will be operated by UNICEF under the government’s supervision,’ he said. 

Portions of the grant, he said, would be spent for psycho-social rehabilitation of an estimated two lakh Rohingya and local children, renovation of 100 government primary schools and purchasing of computers and other equipment at district primary education offices.

The $25 million grant agreement was signed at the Economic Relations Division in November 2018. Of the amount for the ROSC II project, the World Bank would provide $21 million and Canadian government would provide a $4 million, Delwar said.

World Bank’s acting country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Dandan Chen, in an email told New Age, ‘Bangladesh has done a great service to the world by sheltering nearly a million Rohingya people, over half of them are children under 18.’

‘Many of these children were exposed to psychological trauma, torture and violence. The World Bank has provided $25 million grant to help Bangladesh provide learning opportunities and psycho-social support to Rohingya children,’ he added.  

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