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Sponsorship transforms children’s lives by enabling them to get an education while giving their families a real helping hand.
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.
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:
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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