Her Excellency Shaykh Hasina Wajid
Prime Minister’s Office
CC H. E. Foreign Minister Alam
We are writing on behalf of Rohingya Muslims, who have long faced drastic limits on access to school in their homeland of Rakhine State, Burma. Since they were forced out by the Burmese military in the 2017 genocide, nearly 560,000 Rohingya children are living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. We appreciate your excellency’s welcome, and the hospitality of Bangladeshis to the Rohingya people. Despite the much-appreciated hospitality of the Bangladesh nation, Rohingya still face numerous limitations on education. We, therefore, request allowing full educational opportunities to Rohingya children. The recent Burma military coup has made it clear, Rohingya repatriation will not happen in the foreseeable future.
It is time to expand access to education.
Burma Task Force has published its new report “Let Them Learn: Confronting the Need for Rohingya Education,” which can be downloaded here.
We respectfully request your excellency to order the following:
- Allow Rohingya children to study beyond a third-grade level
- Lift all limitations on levels of instruction, choice of language, curriculum, and medium of instruction
- Provide certifications for all levels of education to allow a path to higher education.
- Facilitate distance learning by allowing full internet access on mobile phones.
- Partner with Rohingya leadership in camps, including youth leaders in discussions to educate and empower Rohingya boys and girls
- Allow donor funds to flow into Rohingya-run schools, not limited to Learning Centers run by NGOs.
Education is the basic foundation for human potential. We trust your government will help to protect the human dignity of the Rohingya people. We request your Excellency to issue an executive order to prevent this new Rohingya generation from becoming another lost generation.