Tell the Bangladesh government: Education is not at odds with repatriation

Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after fleeing their homes in Myanmar because of actions by the country’s military, many of which amount to crimes against humanity.

Now, thousands of Rohingya children and youth are being denied access to education in their villages and towns in Myanmar as well as in places where they have sought refuge. Almost half a million Rohingya children, growing up in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, are at the risk of becoming a lost generation without access to education.

The consequence of these children growing up without access to education, is the risk of a life of poverty and exploitation including in some cases through serious criminal activity such as drug smuggling, child trafficking or recruitment into violent armed groups.

An accredited and quality education in an appropriate language and curriculum can empower the Rohingya children to claim their rights, and contribute to the society and economy they live in.

Sign the petition to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Tell the Bangladesh government that education is not at odds with repatriation. Education can help ensure that repatriation, when it does happen, is truly voluntary and sustainable in the long term.