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Training Rural Area Community Educators (TRACE)

Dates: 2014-2015

Country: Myanmar

Client(s): Other, Vitol Foundation, World Education, Inc.

Services: Capacity Building, Teacher Training

Expertise: Youth, Basic Education for Children and Adults


Decades of conflict and underinvestment have left the Myanmar education system neglected and nearly dismantled. While education systems are now slowly improving due to recent political changes and reforms, there continues to be little access to quality education for children in remote and underserved areas. For those who cannot access or afford government schools, non-state ethnic education groups provide education opportunities through community schools that are parallel to the formal government education system. Teachers at these community schools cannot access formal government teacher training programs and thus do not have the training and professional development opportunities available in the formal education system.

Through funding from the Vitol Foundation and World Education Innovation Fund, the Training Rural Area Community Educators (TRACE) project improves access to and increases the quality of education for vulnerable children in southeast Myanmar by training teachers in Kayah, Kayin, and Shan states. Teachers gain technical skills in teaching methodology and subject areas while World Education strengthens the education systems that support them.

Through the TRACE project, World Education works with partner organizations to:

  • Assess gaps in teacher training and develop new training modules to complement existing trainings
  • Train teacher trainers for partner organizations
  • Conduct pre-service and in-service teacher trainings, including the follow-up and mentoring of teachers, that will benefit 1,240 teachers and improve learning for 10,000 students
  • Improve the capacity of its local partners to improve education outcomes and advocate for more inclusive education policies in partnership with World Education’s USAID-supported Project for Local Empowerment.
The TRACE project delivers a broad impact on teaching and learning in southeastern Myanmar, delivering resources that can be used to improve teacher effectiveness for years to come.