A humanitarian organisation has warned of a “lost generation” with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions are “urgently funded”, the humanitarian needs of children will only increase.
“Education in emergencies is a life-saving and life-changing intervention – helping children recover and cope with the continuing adversity they face,” said Sarah Smith, the IRC’s senior director for education, on Friday.
“This is incredibly urgent for Rohingya children; no one is paying attention to their needs, and they face some of the highest levels of trauma the IRC has ever seen.
“Until children’s rights to education in the Rohingya crisis are realised, we face the threat of a lost generation of what is already one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”
Less than two percent of humanitarian funding goes towards education, the most underfunded sector in response to the Rohingya plight, the IRC said.
Evan Schuurman, part of the Save the Children’s emergency response team in Cox’s Bazar, said in October that schooling was particularly important for traumatised refugee children.