This report describes the findings of a study to examine the utilization of online learning tools by Rohingya online learners, as well as the experiences of a small cohort of camp-based Rohingya teachers who teach online classes that are popular among camp youth. Based on recommendations from these learners and teachers, this report also suggests some ways that humanitarian organizations can assist in improving and expanding online education for Rohingya refugees.
In the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where few educational opportunities are available to adolescents and youth, some learners use the internet for selfdirected learning. Though a very small percentage of the camp’s youth population learn online, their experiences merit examination, as far greater numbers of youth could be engaged in online learning if access barriers were addressed.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, experiences show that remote learning is a viable alternative to classroom instruction. It is also highly cost-effective, and a greater number of refugee youth could be engaged online than currently participate in campbased educational programs. Online learning could prove to be an important supplement to refugees as long as formal education continues to be restricted.