60,000 Rohingya youths to be trained

The government is going to impart training to some 60,000 Rohingya youths on community services worth taka 297.15 crore at the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Thursday approved the proposals.

The approval came from a meeting of the purchase committee held at the NEC-1 Conference Room in Dhaka Chaired by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Nasima Begum said that the World Food Programme (WFP) would conduct the community workforce Programme and community services at the Rohingya camps situated at Ukhia and Teknaf with Taka 297.15 crore under the Emergency Multi-sector Rohingya Crisis Response project with grant support from IDA of the World Bank.

She informed that under the proposal, 60,000 Rohingya youths (male and female) would be imparted skills development training on community services, some 3 lakh saplings would be planted inside the camps alongside planting of local grass on some 90 hectares of land to prevent land erosion at the camps, and some 6 kilometer of roads and drains would be constructed and maintained at those camps. Official said as part of improving access to basic services, the project will ensure increased supply of safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion, as well as climate-resilient infrastructure for those who are at risk.

"WFP has already sent a proposal to appoint 60,000 Rohingya youths under UN agencies (direct) on a ‘need basis’ after training them,” official said.

At the same time, the Rohingya youths will help construct six km of roads, 60,000 sq km of slope protection, 2.4 km of walkways, bamboo pools, and other required rehabilitation  works of their camps areas. Involvement of Rohingya youths in such work will help to reduce crimes like yaba smuggling and child marriage.

Currently, more than 745,000 Rohingyas are living in extremely congested conditions in 34 camps in Cox’s Bazar.