Project leader: Gudrun Østby (PRIO)
The project “EducAid: Improvign Education for Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar Living in Bangladesh” examines the role of quality education in mitigating the negative educational, socio-economic, and psycho-social effects of forced displacement. The Rohingya refugee crisis is one of the worst forced displacement situations and the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. Rohingya refugee children are also facing an education crisis: Access to education was restricted in Myanmar, while education programs are currently serving only a few Rohingya refugee children living in camps.
The project is inter-disciplinary and takes a mixed methods approach to improve our knowledge about 1) whether and how education is contributing to mitigating the effects of forced displacement by comparing refugees and host populations; and 2) how to improve the quality of education programs for conflict-affected populations. The project will generate evidence-based policy recommendations about how to improve the quality of education in situations of conflict and humanitarian crisis. We will do this by mapping the landscape of education programs for Rohingya refugees; conducting a survey with refugees and locals of their education needs, preferences, and expectations; and collecting in-depth qualitative data.
A full project description is available here.