Help us launch our Rohingya picture dictionary in Bangladesh!
Books Unbound delivers informal learning opportunities to displaced people groups in transient living conditions.
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The Refugee Education Crisis:
Education in refugee camps is a luxury. When resources are stretched thin and families are displaced, education is neglected, creating a learning gap. With little formal opportunity to learn, cognitive development is compromised and refugees fall victim to depression, hopelessness and a lost sense of purpose. The time between flight from persecution and resettlement, whether a few months or many years, can be redeemed to promote educational growth.
In August 2017, violence against the Rohingya communities in Myanmar rose to genocide. Mass killings, rape, and the burning of villages forced almost 1 million Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Over half a million children risk losing out on education because of a lack of learning resources, quality curriculum, and a shortage of qualified teachers.
Solution: Books Unbound
Books Unbound provides access to informal learning through its illustrative and culturally sensitive curriculum. The pilot project is a Rohingya picture dictionary, which will be implemented in the refugee camps to provide basic ESL and health education. All images in the picture dictionary are Rohingya-specific, making it relatable and valuable.
Books Unbound will partner with local NGOs already established in the camps to develop a network of Rohingya teachers and distribute the curriculum. Upon implementation, a teacher curriculum guide and training sessions will be provided for the local teachers to give alternative and innovative teaching methods.
Based on feedback from the pilot project, Books Unbound can further develop a well-tailored curriculum for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh -- and beyond.
Books Unbound was informally developed to address the needs of a small group of Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in 2015. Separated from their families, they traveled from Myanmar by boat for two months before landing in southern Thailand. They were arrested while hiding in the jungles and taken to a temporary shelter. Few learning materials were available to them and none were relatable or relevant to them. Sophie worked with the Rohingya and other volunteers to create a Rohingya specific picture-based ESL curriculum. A culturally sensitive illustration fostered more engagement. Books Unbound was born.
Since then, Sophie has been traversing the globe to connect with Rohingya friends throughout the States and all over Asia to learn their stories. Books Unbound is used to educate and break down barriers so that the true stories of the displaced Rohingya can be told.
Featured Photographer: Nihab Rahman (Instagram: nihab_rahman)
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