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Oct 11, 2018 07:03 AM IST | Politics

Education still a luxury to thousands of Rohingya children living in refugee camps

The young generation of Rohingya muslims living in various refugee camps across Bangladesh have found access to education to be a big challenge. Because of the limited educational opportunities for them, UNICEF calls the refugee children "a lost generation."

However, there are attempts being made to provide proper education opportunities to these children. More than 1,200 temporary schools teach English, math, Burmese, science and the arts to about 140,000 children between the ages of 6 and 14, just over a quarter of the more than half a million refugee children living in the camp, according to UNICEF.

Rahima Akter walks through Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. Rahima is a 19-year-old refugee who dreams of becoming the most educated Rohingya woman in the world. She recently finished high school and hopes to study human rights in college. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rahima Akter walks through Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. Rahima is a 19-year-old refugee who dreams of becoming the most educated Rohingya woman in the world. She recently finished high school and hopes to study human rights in college. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Rohingya refugee woman sits under an umbrella as she sells fruit at a playground in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya children live in the congested camps. They rely on 1,200 learning centers set up by aid organizations that can’t accommodate everyone and only offer classes up to a 5th-grade level. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Rohingya refugee woman sits under an umbrella as she sells fruit at a playground in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya children live in the congested camps. They rely on 1,200 learning centers set up by aid organizations that can’t accommodate everyone and only offer classes up to a 5th-grade level. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya girl Rahima Akter speaks to Hosen Ali, a Rohingya refugee, inside his hut in Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.  While she is mostly busy preparing university applications, Rahima spends her spare time going door-to-door at the expansive camps, documenting first-person accounts of people who fled Myanmar last year. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya girl Rahima Akter speaks to Hosen Ali, a Rohingya refugee, inside his hut in Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.  While she is mostly busy preparing university applications, Rahima spends her spare time going door-to-door at the expansive camps, documenting first-person accounts of people who fled Myanmar last year. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
In this Aug. 27, 2018, photo, Rohingya girl Rahima Akter walks out of a hut after interviewing a Rohingya refugee in Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
In this Aug. 27, 2018, photo, Rohingya girl Rahima Akter walks out of a hut after interviewing a Rohingya refugee in Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Rohingya refugee girl sells vegetables in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya children live in the congested camps. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Rohingya refugee girl sells vegetables in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya children live in the congested camps. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rahima Akter, teaches her siblings inside the family hut in Kutupalong refugee camp, in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rahima Akter, teaches her siblings inside the family hut in Kutupalong refugee camp, in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya refugee children attend a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya refugee children attend a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya refugee children  inside a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Rohingya refugee children  inside a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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