February 27, 2022

Rohingya Refugee School Project

In 2019 one of our members, Paul Cusworth, spoke at our Conference, in the Rotary District of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, about the plight of the 650,000 Rohingya children of school age who live in the largest refuge camp in the world. They have little or no education and live with little prospects in their lives.

Our Rotary Club located two young refugees trying to teach 40 to 50 children in their own dwelling. They are two brothers, namely Erfun Amin and Arshan Amin, who fled to Bangladesh with their families after the atrocities suffered by  the Rohingya people 5 years ago. We have supported this small school for 12 months now and wish to continue.

The school has 40 children, both girls and boys, aged from 5 to 12. The school operates 6 days a week with two sessions. The children are taught in separate grades and the main subjects are English, Mathematics, Burmese and Science including biology. For the first time these children had a full set of text books, note books and writing materials and we provided the teachers with white boards, furniture and teaching aids.

Erfun and Arshad say that when they started the classes, the children were unable to read or spell. Now we can see that they can read and understand and are able to learn much more. Tests for progress are done on a regular basis and a full set of exams were taken during January 2022. In the final exam only 1 student failed to reach the standard required. During the year they held an Awards Ceremony.  Prizes were awarded to 14 students and each one got a trophy  and a parcel with clothes.

It is important to also tell you how much our support not only helps the children but also the two teachers’ family as well. They  have a large extended family and the salary we pay them of £110 per month each, helps to provide extra food for them to supplement their basic rations they receive but it is still difficult for them to get sufficient food to live without feeling hungry. They can also but medicines now as well.

A new school year has started and we have now purchased sets of new text books and materials to the pupils. We would like to ensure a longer-term continuity for this project and to develop it further so we need more support. We will be shortly be launching a ‘Sponsor a child’ project at £50 for a year or ‘Sponsor a teacher for a month’ at £110 per month.

New Books Arrive
Prize Giving with Teachers

If any member or their Club would like to support our project, please contact paulcusworthrotary@gmail.com 

Paul Cusworth
Project Lead, The Rotary Club of Mirfield

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