November 20th is World Children’s Day. This year's theme is ‘inclusion, for every child’. Across all our programmes, we ensure that children are included and given space to participate, so that they can realise their rights and thrive. Read on to see this in action through our innovative digital education programme in Bangladesh.
INCLUDING CHILDREN THROUGH DIGITAL EDUCATION IN BANGLADESH
The digital programme also helps the children to connect with other children beyond the confines of the crowded camps where they live. Through 'Moja Kids’, our online video platform, children across all our classrooms in Bangladesh have the opportunity to create their own video newsletters with stories, crafts, news and games. These are shared across the programme, and the children delight in both creating and watching the video content, hearing all the stories and relating to children in different places and situations.
Teachers also use the video lessons to help the children experience and learn about the world around them. They are forbidden from leaving the crowded camp, and many children have only known life in Kutupalong. From natural wonders to wildlife and culture; translated and colourful visual video content is giving the children the chance to see and experience so many aspects of the world that they previously had no idea even existed.
We are grateful to COHRP and Jewish World Watch for generously co-funding our digital programme in Bangladesh last year.
MEET JAHAN TARA
Jahan Tara is 11 years old and lives in Kutupalong refugee camp with her family. They fled Myanmar in 2017 when the army attacked their village and burned their houses. Until then, Jahan Tara lived a happy life, her parents were farmers and her father owned a betel (popular herb) shop in Keriprang.
Soon after Jahan Tara arrived in Kutupalong, she joined one of our learning centres. She loves to learn, works hard, and especially benefits from the digital lessons. Through watching videos, she is able to understand more and practise the things she has learnt, by herself. She particularly enjoys crafting and learning how to make new things and loves to decorate her classroom with what she creates.
With the help of Moja Kids (video newsletters), Jahan Tara is able to learn from her classmates and hear their opinions on different topics. She loves to share her new knowledge and encourage her friends to learn.
She loves attending the learning centre and says she is never late to class! She explains how the curriculum text books provided in the camp are hard to understand because they are written in a language she doesn't know how to read, but through the digital programme she and her classmates are finally able to understand their lessons.
"We don't like books much as they are difficult and time consuming to understand,
Jahan Tara has big ambitions and hopes to be a teacher when she is older. She told us she wants to return to Myanmar to teach the children of her country.