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.

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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.




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.


Facing the Strait of Malacca to its West and the South China Sea to the East, the Kingdom of Thailand shares land borders with four other countries in South-east Asia. Unlike other countries in the region, Thailand was never subjected to colonial conquest. The Buddhist religion predominates and the monarchy and the military have played formidable roles in shaping Thai society, culture and politics. Since 1947 Thailand has largely known military rule with a few intervals of democratic governance. Demographically, the country has an aging population and growth rates in that respect have begun to slow. The Thai Government has acknowledged the demographic shifts and prioritised the rapid development of human resource capacity, so as to position the country for successful competition in the global market economy of the 21st Century.