Bhasan Char island in the Bay of Bengal is home to thousands of Rohingya refugees, who have been relocated from the main camp on the mainland.
Children on the Edge is providing high quality education in child friendly classrooms for over 1,300 children, who would otherwise be cut off from learning on this remote island.
Abdullah is 13 years old and attends one of the schools we support on Bhasan Char island.
He arrived with his family in February 2022, but tragedy struck when his mother passed away suddenly in March, and his father left and remarried.
Abdullah and his siblings have been looked after by their grandmother, and his school has provided him with much-needed stability and focus.
He loves coming to school every day and dreams of helping his siblings in the future.
WORKING ON 'THE EDGE' ON BHASAN CHAR
WHAT WE DO TO HELP
Since 2010, we have been providing education and support to Rohingya refugee and slum-dwelling children on the mainland in Bangladesh. The government began relocating refugees to Bhasan Char Island in 2020 and in 2022 they invited Children on the Edge to set up 10 model classrooms to provide education for over 700 children. Since then we have doubled our provision.
These classrooms offer high-quality primary education with trained teachers for Rohingya children who would otherwise be cut off from learning. They provide safe and colourful learning environments where students enjoy a varied curriculum, including art, singing, dance, and drama. Children also participate in sports, take care of gardens surrounding their classrooms, and receive health education and interventions.
To ensure that children learn in a language they understand, we use our award-winning digital curriculum. Daily video lessons are projected onto screens in each classroom to break down language barriers and enable children to genuinely learn. This technology also gives them the opportunity to experience the world beyond the confines of the island.
Children have the opportunity to make their voices heard through each school's Child Council and learn about their rights and how to realise them. They contribute ideas and participate in our Moja Kids programme, an online newsletter produced by the children we work with in Bangladesh who share and exchange ideas, experiences and talents across different areas of the country and further afield as far as India and Uganda.
This connection is especially vital, as one of the main concerns expressed by refugees on Bhasan Char is the sense of isolation from the outside world and their remaining friends and relatives in Kutupalong.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Help more children like Abdullah who have experienced trauma to get the education they deserve.
By donating, you'll directly support our classrooms, which provide high quality education to refugee children.
As a small charity, with a big reach we are grateful for every penny we receive, and are committed to spending your donation where the need is greatest. For every pound spent by Children on the Edge, 89p goes directly to our international programmes.