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Early Childhood Development in the Syrian and Rohingya Refugee Response Regions

The Syrian and Rohingya refugee flows are currently two of the largest in the world. The majority of the Syrian migration is to other countries in the Middle East, while the majority of the Rohingya migration from Myanmar has been to the Cox's Bazar area of Bangladesh. Early childhood development (ECD) programming, although critical for human development and learning, has been overlooked beyond the basics of food, shelter and survival in humanitarian contexts. Professor Hiro Yoshikawa and Dr. Alice Wuermli report on current and planned research in initiatives to provide and evaluate ECD services in these regions, representing partnerships between Sesame Workshop, the International Rescue Committee, BRAC, and (as the research and evaluation partner) NYU's Global TIES for Children Center.


  • NYU

    Hiro Yoshikawa
    Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education, Steinhardt and Co-Director of the Global TIES for Children Center
  • NYU

    Alice Wuermli
    Associate Director of the Low-Income Countries Program


Program on Refugees, Forced Migration, and Humanitarian Responses


Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

Host Organizations

MacMillan Center
Refugee Health Program




Lectures and Seminars