Main Barriers to Education
- Conflict & Internal Displacement
- Low-Quality Education
The Myanmar Government has earmarked education as a key policy priority in an attempt to realise EFA. Tellingly, education expenditures trebled from 0.7 to 2.1 percent of GDP between 2010 and 2013. Furthermore, in fiscal year 2013-2014 roughly two-thirds of all education expenditures went to primary education and the government elaborated a basic educational structural reform plan in 2015 to improve education quality.
However, despite government support and investment into the education sector, Myanmar is still troubled by low net-enrolment rates and a fledging quality education control system. Also, poverty, a lack of school facilities and trained teachers and language diversity amongst the country’s various ethnic groups continue to create access barriers to education.
In the face these challenges, EAC has locked arms with the Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG), Save the Children, UNESCO Asia and United World Schools (UWS). Specific project interventions include: non-formal education and teacher training; financial support to teachers and parents; research and policy advocacy; and school construction and global education partnerships.
source: EAC Project Documentation
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.