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Despite recent political progress such as the 2016 election and signing of the National Ceasefire Agreement, as well as efforts to improve health and education, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia and still faces significant humanitarian and development challenges. Building on experience working with Burmese refugees and migrants on the border between Thailand and Myanmar since 1999, World Education expanded operations to Myanmar in 2010.

Under the Project for Local Empowerment (PLE), World Education worked with local ethnic education organizations in Southeast Myanmar to improve access to quality education. Over the course of the project, World Education increasingly focused attention on preparing for refugee return, partner and community-driven convergence goals, and accreditation and recognition of education. This included preparing students for Government of Myanmar exams that enable enrollment into formal schools, advocating on behalf of ethnic education and mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE), working to ensure that teacher training and education within the refugee camps and migrant communities was recognized, and working with local partners in Southeast Myanmar to prepare their school systems for the return of displaced populations. Building upon youth work done under PLE, World Education continues to work with partners to strengthen opportunities for out-of-school youth in Myanmar to gain skills needed to be successful in the world of work. This includes collaborating with the newly established Department of Alternative Education, under the Ministry of Education, to produce accredited skills trainings that provide youth with pathways to pursue higher education or more stable employment.

An additional component of World Education’s work in Myanmar is supporting landmine survivors, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and their families. Working closely with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and other mine action stakeholders, World Education aims to strengthen services and support for landmine survivors and PWDs by facilitating quarterly victim assistance and disability working group meetings in Bago Division and Kayah and Mon States. World Education Myanmar also hosts advocacy events and provides training on disability inclusive development, while directly supporting landmine survivors and persons with disabilities through livelihoods training, donation of small business start-up kits, covering medical expenses, donating assistive mobility devices, and ensuring landmine survivors and persons with disabilities have the pathways and skills to advocate for their rights and needs.



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View details: Youth and Technology

Youth and Technology

Capitalizing on the movement to improve access to education and skill building opportunities for Myanmar youth, World Education is providing non-formal education opportunities for out-of-school youth.

View details: Victim Assistance and Disability Program in Kayah State

Victim Assistance and Disability Program in Kayah State

World Education is reducing the financial burden on persons with disabilities and their families with livelihoods development and opportunities for economic empowerment.

View details: Project for Local Empowerment (PLE)

Project for Local Empowerment (PLE)

World Education, working with the International Rescue Committee, is bringing educational opportunities to the children of Burmese refugees who have been living in refugee camps along the Thailand border for a decade or more.


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