The education sector has made various efforts to improve access to quality education for children in the past. On the other hand, the education needs of youth and adolescents remain largely unfilled. Only 1% of girls and 7% of boys, both aged between 15 and 18, have access to learning facilities (UNICEF, 2019). Similarly, the 2020 Joint Response Plan documents that 83% of youth aged between 15 and 24 still do not have access to any type of educational support in the camp. The J-MSNA 2021 conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic found that education enrollment was very low among adolescents, especially adolescent girls because the longer Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) closed in line with COVID-19 containment measures, and educational institutions were temporarily suspended. The limited access to education services was a major concern for the families and has impacted the new enrollment ratio because the available education facilities in not enough to meet the needs of a large population.
Education is one of the most important activities that can keep the Rohingya population away from being exploited by harmful groups including child traffickers, drug smugglers, armed groups, and others who sense opportunity in people’s miser. The Myanmar Curriculum Pilot, launched by UNICEF and partners in November 2021, is a critical step forward toward ensuring the fundamental right to education for Rohingya refugee children. The full-fledged implementation of the Myanmar Curriculum Program hasn’t started yet. Education plays a key role in every child’s development, but it becomes even more so in a humanitarian context. Rohingya's children face an uncertain future, which can lead to frustration and despair. According to the latest data, over 51% of Rohingya refugees are adolescents who are growing up without access to formal education. With the right investment in education, Rohingya adolescents can begin to chart their own destinies and contribute more to their communities. Datascape is conducting Research on Rohingya Adolescent and Youth literacy to identify the literacy status of adolescent and youth Rohingya population in the Rohingya refugee camps, provide gender analysis on factors that affect the literacy status of Rohingya adults and youth, and identify the unmet educational needs of the illiterate Rohingya population in the camps. Datascape social research unit implementing the project with the support of Plan International in Bangladesh.