Analysis: Massive education gaps confront displaced children in Rakhine
"I like learning, and I missed my friends," the nine-year-old said. "I wasn't able to attend at all last year."
Phay is one of hundreds of primary school-aged children now receiving emergency education at the Thea Chaung internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp, home to more than 10,000 Muslim Rohingyas, outside Sittwe, the provincial capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine State.
The community-led initiative - providing two-and-a-half hours of Burmese and mathematics a day- highlights the unmet needs of thousands of IDP children unable to attend regular school more than a year after sectarian clashes between Rohingyas and Buddhist ethnic Rakhine residents in 2012.
Youth Interrupted: Myanmar's Underage, Illiterate Workers
by Patrick Winn
Little King can't read or write. Little King can't tell you the name of his country's president.
But he's sturdy enough to balance heavy, spine-bending bundles of cargo atop his skull. Strong enough to tug dinghies loaded with bananas across the Yangon River's mucky banks at low tide.
Down by the docks, where men work like mules, Little King can earn $3 per day. He is a breadwinner, the primary supporter of a woman he adores and her two children.But that woman is his mother. Those children are his sisters. Little King is just a kid.
Australia to deport over 100 Rohingya asylum-seekers
Australia is set to deport over 100 Rohingya asylum-seekers to detention centres in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru in the coming weeks, in spite of accusations that the move would breach international human rights law.It follows a decision by the former government in July to redirect all asylum-seekers to its poorer Pacific neighbours in an effort to stem the influx of boat people to Australia – which the newly elected Conservative prime minister has vowed to uphold.
Malala receives human rights award
A teenager who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan after campaigning for women's rights will follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest campaigners when she is honoured today by Amnesty International.
Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for equal access to education, will be named Ambassador of Conscience at a ceremony in Dublin, joining the likes of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela."I am truly honoured to receive this award and would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that there are many millions of children like me across the world who fight every single day for their right to go to school," the teenager said.
Monks Urge Burmese Govt to Apologize as Saffron Revolution Turns 6
RANGOON — Buddhist monks urged the Burmese government to apologize for its actions six years ago as they commemorated the Saffron Revolution on Wednesday in Rangoon, where street protests in September 2007 were led by the revered religious leaders and brutally crushed by the ruling military junta.“For the sake of the citizens of the country, we are thinking of lifting the boycott on offerings and [performance of] Buddhist rituals for government officials. For this, the government must officially apologize for what they did,” said U Pyinnya Tayza, a Saffron Revolution participant, in a statement at a ceremony marking the pro-democracy protests.
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