Some 10,000 Rohingya children in the world’s largest refugee camp will start formal schooling in April, reducing their risk of trafficking and exploitation, officials said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh, which hosts some 900,000 Rohingya who fled persecution and a military crackdown in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, believes education can protect the young refugees from traffickers’ false promises of work and better lives.

“It will definitely help,” Mahbub Alam Talukder, the government’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“When they start studying the (Myanmar) curriculum, parents will be more serious about sending their children to school … The decision to put more ...
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