The annual school ceremonies were held at Nayapara and Kutupalong official refugee camp of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazila under the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, Shabbir, a refugee from Nayapara camp said.
In the ceremonies, students, parents, local officers from camps were participated where the concerned education officer Shujid Mewar and Camp-in-Charge Jalal Uddin were giving speeches and prizes to the student who were bright and top in the class, shabbier more said.
Camp-in-Charge Jalal Uddin told in the ceremony that Rohingya people are mostly un-educated persons, can fall in unbearable situation. If they are educated, the will be prosperous their life in future. Education is the back bone of the nation. So, education is very important for Rohingya community, Aman, a committee member said.
The education officer Shujid Mewar also spoke at the ceremony and asked the parents to send their children to schools for education and they will support education program in future and doing arrangement for refugee children, Aman more added.
After giving the speech, the prizes were given among nearly 100 students; some teachers also received prizes for their best performance.
Similarly, the annual ceremony was also held in Kutupalong official camp, said Wahid from Kutupalong refugee camp.
Both of the official camps have over 32,000 refugees (Nayapara= over 19,000 and Kutupalong= over13,000).
In Nayapara camp, there are over 4,000 students in 11 schools and 80 teachers. The classes are running in two shift – morning and evening – where one school has more than five class rooms, Habib, a teacher from the camp.
In Kutuplang camp, 4500 students are studying within 12 schools and systems is same as Nayapara, Habib said.
The refugee students are able to study up to class seven, after that they have no scope for further study. So, refugees requested to concerned higher authorities including foreign delegations to improve for further study, said Ahmed, refugee committee member from Nayapara camp.
The education program in camp was supported by —IKEA foundation, UNHCR (United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees), Save the Children and VERC (Village Education Relief Center), Habib, schoolteacher from Nayapara camp said.