Education: Only Solution
Since the government passed the 1982 Citizenship Act, the Rohingya people have been denied access to education and subjected to grave human rights abuses in Myanmar. Recently they are at the final stage of genocide, and there are more than a million people fled to Bangladesh where most of them are children and youth.
With hundreds of more refugees arriving every day, the needs far outweigh the resources available. There are tens of thousands of newly-displaced, stateless children and orphans, who are incredibly vulnerable.
We realize the necessity of education in uplifting the entire Rohingya community out of inter-generational poverty and debt trap. This project has been designed to provide quality education for the coming generation from the grassroots level to possible higher level by equipping them with necessities.
Many requests we’ve been receiving are related to education and scholarships, particularly post-secondary level students, who have recently been displaced and took refuge in Bangladesh. There are thousands of post-secondary students now living in the Bangladesh refugee camps. They all supposed to be in colleges or universities if the Rohingyas were citizens of any country. However, less than one percent of these students have been able to secure enrollment in post-secondary institutions such as universities or colleges.
In the past few years, much light has been shed on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh. Many countries and humanitarian NGOs have paid attention to their necessities such as food, shelter, and health care, but education remains one of the main important parts for them.
Due to this constant persecution, Rohingya students have not allowed pursuing higher education either in Myanmar nor Bangladesh.
At the same time, the available empirical evidence suggests that Rohingya face a situation of widespread illiteracy, especially in the refugee camps. The illiteracy rate of the Rohingya community is estimated to be close to 95 percent or even more, one of the highest in Asia.
By providing formal education to the Rohingya youth, they will be able to further participate in the social, cultural, and economic development, outside of the classroom. School is known to contribute to a reduction in poverty by teaching job skills and improving awareness of their rights, and the tools needed to exercise rights. This further reduces the possibility that Rohingya youth become involved in the exploitation and illegal activities.
Considering the above context, and upon the request of Rohingya youth in the camps, the Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative (CRDI), proposes launching an education campaign for a few Youth Learning Centres in the refugee camps.
Our target group: There are many talented Rohingya students in Burma/Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries. We prioritize those who do not have access to higher education at all due to their lack of financial means and opportunities.
Our goal: Our stated aim is to provide and manage scholarships for the post-secondary students whether in the host countries or any colleges or universities of the world. We also hope for at least two Secondary Schools and a few training centers for the refugee children in the camps.
Please support us to help those needy students to pursue their higher studies. We look forward to working with you to build a better future for those most in need!