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No Time to Lose: An Urgent Call for Access to Quality Education for Rohingya Children in Cox’s Bazar

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on education around the world, with the closure of teaching institutions impacting an estimated 91 percent of students – approximately 1.6 billion children and young people. But for Rohingya children, adolescents and youths in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, interruptions and barriers to education are not new. Government restrictions on access to certified and standardised education opportunities have left informal education by humanitarian agencies as the only pathway to any form of education. A pilot of the Myanmar curriculum targeting 10,000 Rohingya students was due to begin in 2020 but was postponed after COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of learning facilities.

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