The current situation in Myanmar is more than complex – ethnic minorities are torn between a political crisis, increasing poverty, drug and human trafficking […]
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MYANMAR IS A COMPLEX, DIVIDED COUNTRY
Myanmar is known worldwide for its places of worship (like the Bagan temple, and the pagodas of Shwezigon and Shwesandaw), for the beauty of some of its cities (like Yangon and Mandalay) and for some magnificent scenery (like Lake Inle).
In the population of around 60 million there are 135 officially-recognised ethnic minorities. Best-known are the Karen, Bamar, Rohingya, Chin and Kachin peoples. This diversity has led to armed conflict. In recent years 340,000 people have been internally displaced by fighting in Kachin, Shan, Rakhine and Chin states.
Other Karen and Rohingya refugees have been forced to flee the country and now live in camps in Thailand or Bangladesh. The military coup of 1 February 2021 has weakened the country even further. Charities like Children of the Mekong are providing development aid.
EDUCATION IN MYANMAR
For decades education in Myanmar has been badly disrupted by coups d’état and periods of dictatorship. The level of attainment in schools has plummeted. Although the vast majority of children attend primary school (95%) only 45% continue into secondary education. Myanmar also suffers from a significant shortage of teachers.
Educational challenges for the next few years:
- Access to education is difficult in remote areas (which are mainly inhabited by ethnic minorities) and for people displaced by internal conflicts
- More than half of children miss out on secondary education (which means there are few students in higher education and a large number of young people without any skills or training)
- There is a need for career guidance and help with integration of young people into the workforce
HUMANITARIAN AID IN MYANMAR
There are very few charities supporting the education of children in Myanmar. Children of the Mekong collaborates with 120 local volunteers and works closely with them.
If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, give them access to education.
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Author: Shi Xian Conflict aftermath in Myanmar poses extensive barriers to quality education for refugee girls, disrupting access due to fleeing families and limited […]
Author: Shi Xian
Author: Shi Xian
Guillaume d’Aboville, General Director at Children of the Mekong, tells us about the alarming situation in Myanmar, two years after the army took power.