Project

ACCESS (Successfully Completed Project)

With EAC support, Save the Children (STC) is implementing the ACCESS project in Eastern Myanmar and Thailand. The project aims to address key barriers to education in three communities: eastern Myanmar; refugee camps in Thailand; and migrant communities in Bangkok and Mae Sot, Thailand.

EAC and STC are working to reverse the crisis in educational access for children in these communities by sustaining interest in and demand for education.  Specific project activities include: helping communities understand the nature and type of education that is offered; actively identifying out of school children (OOSC) and supporting their enrolment in formal education; and engaging parents and communities in the development and delivery of educational services. The project is also increasing the supply of, and access to, education by providing financial support to families to offset direct and opportunity costs in accessing education; conducting pre- and in-service teacher training on quality instruction and classroom management; supporting teacher employment through salary subsidies; providing learning materials and school supplies; and supporting school system managers and leaders. STC is also working to integrate children into the public education system in Thailand when possible.

Partners

Save the Children

Save the Children and Educate A Child have partnered in Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand/Myamar to help children affected by conflict to enrol and stay in school. In Ethiopia, the Save the Children and EAC partnership is working to reach the most marginalized children across five regions, three major cities, and two refugee camps with quality primary level education.

Countries

Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar, the largest mainland country in Southeast Asia, is home to more than approximately 130 ethnic groups with distinct cultures and languages. The country has known periodic spells of armed conflict and inter-communal violence, particularly in border areas, which trigger flows of refugees and internal displacement. In addition, poverty is a formidable development challenge in Myanmar. According to the 2009-2010 Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey in Myanmar, 26 percent of the population lived below the national poverty line and poverty incidence was concentrated in Ayeyarwaddy, Chin, Rakhine, Shan and Tanintharyi.
Thailand

Thailand

Thailand, the only country in South East Asia to have escaped colonial rule, today boasts an upper-middle income economy. The World Bank states that this country will likely succeed in meeting most of the millennium development goals on aggregate basis. Whilst the economy grew at a strong 8-9% per year in the 80’s and 90’s it slowed to around 5% between 2002 and 2007, and in 2014 economic growth is projected to be around 1.5%. EAC partners with Save the Children and UNESCO in order to increase enrollment for out of school children in both national and refugee communities in Thailand.