Published:  01:07 AM, 11 December 2018

Eye catching learning center for Rohingya Children

Eye catching learning center  for Rohingya Children

It looks like an artistic home, built with indigenous materials bamboo, sticks and leaves covering the roof. Around shape, having huge air and natural light inside, it catches the eyes of passer-by too.

Children seem enjoying roaming inside, taking part in learning activities with joyful gesture and interacting with each other with smiling moods. It's a two storied learning centre runs by Friendship under the 'Early Learning and Informal Basic Education for Rohingya Children in Bangladesh' project supported by Unicef.Friendship launched it's first cluster- based centre on December-9, 2018 at Camp 7, Kutupalong Rohingya Camp, Ukhia.

Md Rafiqul Islam, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Camp in Charge of camp-7 inaugurated the centre. Robert Hanawalt, acting in-charge of field office, UNICEF, Cox's Bazar attended as special guest. CICs of the adjustment camp also spoke on the occasion.

The Director and Head of the Education Sector said they would set up 52 learning centers in possibly 13 sites following a cluster approach to meet the existing demand of learning opportunity for Rohingya children in the camp.

In the cluster approach there will be 4 centers in 1 site/cluster. This approach will reduce the scarcity of space in one hand and on the other hand children will get learning opportunity according to their learning level.

Earlier, Joint Response Program (JRP) survey revealed that there are 614,000 children and youth (age 3-24) in total who need emergency educational support through 5,000 equipped classrooms in the camps.

The sector prioritize to meet the needs of 540,000 children and youth (50% girls) aged 3-24 years, 9,000 teachers and 50,000 community members, through a two-phase approach. As one of the actors Friendship tries to address the learning needs of the children through the intervention.

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