Development organization BRAC has taken up an initiative for protection as well as the mental growth of children of Rohingya and Host Communities through play amid Covid-19.
Speakers disclosed this at a workshop at a hotel in Coxs Bazar district town.
Child Protection Sector under Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of BRAC organized the event titled Lesson Learn Workshop on recently.
The workshop was held for evaluation regarding the achievement of child protection and chalking out future steps for achieving the objective in next year (2022).
Hasina Akhter Huq, Area Director of HCMP of BRAC; Roberts Sila Muthini, Programme Head of HCMP; Syeda Sazia Zaman, Programme Head of BRAC IED; Riffat Jahan Nahreen, Team Lead of Child Protection Sector under HCMP; and others spoke at the event.
Fakhrul Alam, Field Operations Manager of Child Protection Sector under HCMP; Kamrul Hasan, Senior Sector Specialist; and Shahana Akter, Project Manager of the same programme; moderated the event at different sessions.
Known as Play Lab at Host Community (local community) and Humanitarian Play Lab at Rohingya community, BRACs programme is conducted through involvement of children (aged 0-6) and their mothers. Its feature is to help the mental growth of children through toys and play.
Psychological support and psychological first aid for children are also provided.
The workshop stressed on the early growth of children, and to take fathers engagement, calling for further strengthening the ongoing research activities in this regard.The workshop was informed that such service through Humanitarian Play Lab (HPL) is being provided for 38,856 children of Rohingyas at 29 camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas of Coxs Bazar.
Besides, 3000 children of Host Community are receiving the service through Play Lab at 100 primary schools in Teknaf, Ukhiya, Ramu and Sadar upazilas in Coxs Bazar with the governments support.BRAC is providing the service under a project, financed by Sesame Workshop, a USA-based international organization. Aimed at protecting children, the five year long project will end in 2023.
In her address, Hasina Akhter Huq said, child protection sector of BRAC is working at the Host and Rohingya communities despite various challenges during coronavirus.It is very appreciative. However, while working in both communities, Safeguarding issue and Covid-19 health rules should be taken seriously and we should work accordingly, she added.