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Report: Sabera Begum (stringer)
Topic: Sewing as self-employment in Cox’s Bazar’s Thaingkhali Camp 12
Translation summary: Two young Rohingya women – 20-year-old Mojulufa and 25-year-old Setara – use their sewing skills not only to make their own clothes but also to mend and make items for others. They are earning money to supplement their respective households’ food rations.
2-way discussion: Mohammed Idris Abdullah with co-host Mohammed Hussain
Topic: An informal school supports youths in Kutupalong Camp 7.
Translation summary: Abdu Sattar, 21, began volunteering as a teacher at a new informal school here beginning in January. He’s among 14 teachers offering a Burmese curriculum in fourth through eighth grades. Their goal is to prepare Rohingya students for any Burmese-based formal curriculum in the camp as well as for their desired eventual return to Myanmar. They teach Burmese, English, math and more.
Among the roughly 70 students is 16-year-old Mohammed Anas, who came to Bangladesh following violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in August 2017. Anas said he thought the Burmese curriculum would help him readjust to his ancestral home. He added that the tuition-free school lacked sufficient supplies including books and pens.
By June, UNICEF plans to introduce a pilot program to expand formal schooling for Rohingya youths in Bangladesh camps. It will begin offering a Burmese curriculum in grades six through nine, starting with 10,000 students. To date, most Rohingya youths have been restricted to learning centers offering lessons in English, mathematics, Burmese and life skills through second grade. [[ https://www.unicef.org/rosa/stories/expanding-education-rohingya-refugee-children-bangladesh ]