The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) inaugurated the 2,000th learning center in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh last month. More than 180,000 children are now learning in the 2,000 UNICEF-supported learning centers, taught by 4,000 teachers who have been trained by UNICEF partners.
These children are aged between 4 to 14 years. Following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who were forced to flee for their lives from Myanmar to Bangladesh in August 2017, UNICEF’s initial focus was to scale up access to education and to provide safe learning environments.
Today, UNICEF is focusing on ensuring quality education for Rohingya children. First, the children of the UNICEF-supported learning centers are now enrolled based on their competency level, whereas previously, they were placed in learning centers according to their age. Second, in January 2019, UNICEF rolled out a new structured learning program, known as the Learning Competency Framework and Approach (LCFA).
This Learning Competency Framework and Approach defines learning competencies that are comparable to those that children would achieve through a formal school curriculum. The learning framework covers the following subjects: English and Burmese language, mathematics, life skills and science across levels 1 to 5.