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Out-of-school site in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar is a refugee camp in Bangladesh hosting over 900,000 Rohingya displaced people.

In partnership with Imagine Worldwide, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) piloted over 16 weeks in 2019 the delivery of a tablet-based learning program for new arrivals who typically have very limited access to high-quality education programs and services. The project is currently on hold.

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Cox’s Bazar

Serving out-of-school refugee children ages 5-15 through a tablet-learning program offered in homes and learning centers.

  • Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  • Curriculum and language of instruction: Math and Literacy (taught in Rohingya language and English)
  • Research Focus: What delivery model best serves out-of-school children in emergency crisis situations?
  • Type of Study: Design research followed by a pilot study
The Faces of Bangladesh
State of Education in Cox’s Bazar

Only 27% of children and youth in Cox’s Bazar have access to learning opportunities.

To date, over 900,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, a district in Bangladesh, and rely almost entirely on humanitarian aid. Over half of those who fled are children or adolescents. The majority of children do not have access to learning opportunities and those who do experience crowded classrooms with mixed learning levels and few qualified teachers.

Displaced population: 900,000+

Percent of children and adolescents: 50%+

Percent of children enrolled in learning opportunities: 27%

Pilot Results

In Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp, over 600 children participated in our joint program with the International Rescue Committee. After four months using the tablets, children’s literacy and numeracy skills increased and positive improvements in children’s hope and agency were observed. The project is currently on hold. In partnership, we hope to bring this program to thousands of children who are in need of access to learning opportunities in the camp. Learn more: Pop-Up Learning: Design and implementation research report

Our Cox’s Bazar Site Partners

Bangladesh Tanzania
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Bangladesh Tanzania
Implementation Research
War Child (Can’t Wait to Learn - CWTL)
Implementation Research Software