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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: Privately run school in the camp for Rohingya children.
Translation summary: Imam Hasan, a 27-year-old teacher in the camp, got his start as an instructor in Myanmar’s Maungdaw district in Rakhine state. He majored in physics at Maungdaw College, graduating in 2012. While Rohingya children had access to education there, he said many students at the local public school had trouble comprehending the teacher, “who was from the Maugh community. … They couldn’t understand that Maugh language fully.”
So Hasan and several other high school graduates decided to offer private tutoring as a supplement. That ended in 2017. “After the violence against Rohingya, we stopped and most of us left our country,” he said.
Hasan fled to Bangladesh that September and found refuge at Kutupalong. He eventually became a site management data entry volunteer for the Danish Refugee Council, a position that lasted for seven or eight months. But he decided to resume teaching. “I think teaching to our community is more important than working as a volunteer,” he said.
He and six other teachers began offering academic classes at a madrassa. But “that place is not big enough to fit all the students,” he said, so they’ve divided their students – at least 700 – into morning and afternoon shifts. Even then, the five classrooms are congested.
“We teach English, math, geography, history, science and biology,” Hasan said, explaining that biology is for students in levels or grades 9 and 10.
Hasan teaches math for levels 5 through 10 and science for level 4.
Students generally sit for the exam twice in a year: for midterms and finals. The school “can’t afford to bear expenses for first-term exams,” Hasan said. He and other teachers test “according to the standard Burmese curriculum, so that those who pass get promoted to the next class and those who fail remain in the same class.”
Financing and insufficient space are the main difficulties in operating the school, he said.
“Most people can’t provide us fees and we can’t ask them, as we know that every single person is living here with limitations,” he said. People pay “whatever they can.”
The school gets contributions from some Rohingyas with paid positions at NGOs and also gets some funds “collected from the community. That’s how we run this school. Also, we as teachers need to survive,” so they take “very minimum salaries” out of the total, Hasan said.
“Our main intention is to provide this service to save the generation from darkness in future.”
Author & Artist: Mohammed Rukon Uddin
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2-way report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: A Rohingya volunteer with World Vision Bangladesh talks about his responsibilities in food distribution.
Translation summary: Lotif Khan comes from Myingazi village of Myanmar’s Buthidaung township, where he was a shopkeeper. After violence there in August 2017, he fled to Bangladesh. He lives with four family members in Balukhali refugee camp.
Now 29, Khan volunteers with World Vision Bangladesh, which partners with the World Food Program. He updates the electronic food assistance cards used at distribution centers, checking these against birth and death records. He earns 12,000 takas a month.
Through the World Food Program, World Vision gives each family member the equivalent of 770 takas, or $9, in rice, onion and other foods e