Improving education outcomes in Bangladesh

Only 61 percent of refugee children attend primary school, compared to 92 percent of children globally. In Bangladesh, only one quarter of school-age Rohingya youth – about 130,000 children – attend class, leaving around 400,000 refugees without an education. Further, what schooling is provided does not address the needs of adolescents. Poor-quality physical infrastructure, political tensions, and constant influxes of displaced people exacerbate the issue. Donors, United Nations agencies, and international NGOs have issued calls to ensure refugee children do not become a "lost generation."

To this end, new infusions of public financing seek to establish new and support existing learning centers, recruit and train thousands of new teachers, as well as better serve and protect children. Digital platforms have the potential to more readily deliver educational content to displaced populations, but research shows that mere access to information and communications technology alone will not improve learning outcomes. Applications of educational technology need to factor in the context in which children learn. The challenge: How might we build technology and mobilise partnerships to better provide education in emergencies?