Ensuring meaningful education for Rohingya Refugee Children
Where language creates a barrier to
education,video lessons bring learning to life.
Through innovative video lessons, Rohingya refugee children are able to access
ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS
Over a million Rohingya refugees live in Bangladesh, unable to return to their homes in Myanmar after fleeing violence and genocide. They are trapped on the border, living in the dire conditions of Kutupalong, the world's largest refugee camp.
BARRIERS TO LEARNING
Children in Kutupalong are required by the government to learn using the Myanmar curriculum. This is in Burmese, a language which few Rohingya people speak or read.
As children and teachers cannot understand the approved curriculum in the camps, an entire generation of children are at risk of growing up without learning to read or write; lacking the basic skills needed to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.
FINDING A SOLUTION
In 2019, we launched a pilot project to create visual lessons
that were projected in the classrooms of our learning centres in Kutupalong.
Our digital team recorded lessons, using the Burmese textbooks, dubbing them
so that the children and teachers could understand what was being said.
“We enjoy the video lesson very much. We want more and more of this video lesson to be shown”.
“It used to be very difficult for us when we studied in books but I find it very easy when the readings on the screen are shown through big pictures on the projector”
- Digital lessons enable alternative, creative, visual communication of educational content and give the children a chance to genuinely learn.
- The videos combine footage of Rohingya teachers explaining concepts with pictures and cartoons that bring subjects to life and make classes fun.
- Children tell us that the video lessons are their favourite thing about school.
- Parents and teachers rave about how effective they are, and how much their children have learnt.
- Videos on subjects like health, human rights and culture are also shown to allow the children to see aspects of the world that they didn't previously know existed, giving them a glimpse into life outside the confines of the camps or slums where they live.
Monitoring and Evalution Officer Rebeka Khatum explains the huge impact the digital programme has made in the learning centres.
When we first piloted the programme content was sent via WhatsApp to teachers’ smartphones to show on solar and battery-powered projectors in our classrooms.
MOJA KIDS: A BLANK CANVAS FOR CREATIVITY
“When they see their work on the projector screen, I am amazed to see their bright eyes and how happy they are”.
“We see and learn interesting talents, stories and experiences from our friends in other schools. I also want to perform something and participate in the video newsletter”.
“I participated in the newsletter. It's a golden memory for me. In the Moja kids videos, there is someone like me and she tells her biography, and then I relate it to me. Then I remember my past and feel I am not alone in this world and in this society. Moja kids videos inspire me a lot.”
With new visual effects and green screen technology in place, the children are able to experience the wider world, piloting spaceships into space, learning with puppets and cartoons, and even hopping on broomsticks to visit their home villages in Myanmar.
CONNECTING WITH CHILDREN IN UGANDA AND INDIA
Moja Kids enables the children to connect with peers from learning centres in India and Child Rights Clubs in Uganda. These interactions help them learn from each other, tackling subjects such as rights, responsibilities and ways children can look out for one another and stay safe.
Children on the Edge only provide 4% of all the education provision in the camps, but our learning centres are consistently ranked highest by authorities and children. Classrooms have a 96% average attendance rate and teachers continue to describe how children learn and concentrate better with digital lessons, retaining information for longer.
Since 2010, Children on the Edge have set the standard for education delivery for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh and continue to encourage other agencies to adopt our unique model so that many more Rohingya children can gain a meaningful education.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
The Digital Education Programme was chosen by HundrED and the Global Ed Tech Hub as one of 15 of the most impactful education technology innovations at part of an EdTech Spotlight Award in 2023.
At the 2020 AbilityNet Tech4Good awards, our digital education programme in Bangladesh was awarded the Lenovo Education Award, recognising outstanding digital achievement in education, in a field of 400 entries.
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