No school might seem like the dream for most British children but for young Rohingya refugees, they want nothing more than to get back into education to pursue their dreams.
Christian development agency Tearfund is working in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh, home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims and their children who have fled persecution in Myanmar.
Boredom is a real problem for the thousands of youngsters in the camp who are unable to access education and are struggling to fill their hours each day.
Tearfund has set up clubs and safe spaces for young people to come and draw, learn some simple math, talk to trained trauma counsellors, and play.
With the children unable to attend local Bangladeshi schools, the interruption to their education has proved a major challenge, in addition to the boredom.
In response to the need, Tearfund has started work on a new curriculum for them to follow that focuses on life skills, including business and leadership training.
James Rana, Rohingya Response Manager for Tearfund, said: “A whole generation of Rohingya children have no opportunity to pursue their dreams, and a future of poverty becomes more and more likely.
“For them, it seems school’s out permanently, not just for summer.
“We are working to provide skills and fun for the children, as well as vital relief to families, who are living through such a difficult time.”
Kobir Ahmed, a 15-year-old in Cox’s Bazar whose real name has been changed for security reasons, admitted that he didn’t like living in the camp.