Education takes central role as Myanmar begins to open

In 2015 Myanmar signed a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with eight ethnic armed groups and successfully held election that saw a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy.

Despite this there is work to do as “children suffer from higher levels of malnutrition, mortality, lower enrolment and completion of primary education and higher risks to trafficking, violence and recruitment and use by armed forces than other children in the region,” according to a recent UNICEF report.  Right now, more than half of all children are not in school.

In late January I traveled to Myanmar in my capacity as Executive Director of World Learning Europe.  Myanmar is at an important crossroads in its history.  With democracy appearing to both be taking hold and sustaining itself, we must use this moment of change to support Myanmar in enhancing its civil society to educate the next generation of citizens who can carry Myanmar into the Asian Century.

While in Myanmar I met with international oganisations already on the ground and identified potential local partners who have the keenest understanding of the operating environment, challenges and most successful interventions to date.

With a clearer understanding of the country and its challenges, World Learning Europe will now begin the task of identifying future interventions through foundations, grants and government aid agencies to offer our unique approach to inclusive education development and do our part to support Myanmar’s people at this important time.