Burma/Myanmar: Education and practical skills
For decades, the Government of Myanmar has been spending less than 2% of the national budget on education, which has resulted in the poor management of the education system as a whole.
The lack of systemic provision of education combined with a high poverty rate in conflict-affected areas often requires children of school age to work in order to contribute to the household budget, instead of attending school. This also explains that many children only achieve a very low level of education; more than half of school-aged children drop out before completing the primary cycle.
PIN has supported the education sector in Myanmar since 2008 through primary school reconstruction following cyclone Nargis but also more recently in 2015-16 through the distribution of school furniture to 20 schools damaged by cyclone Komen and the construction of a temporary learning space in Rakhine State.
Rehabilitation of Primary Education in Karen (Kayin) State
Karen State, which lies on the border with Thailand, is one of the regions of Myanmar that has suffered most in the last ten years due to the civil war. More than 36 thousand inhabitants have been driven out of their homes (internal-displacement.org), there is lack of community and productive infrastructure and the systematic provision of services like healthcare and education has become dysfunctional.
After the signing of the peace treaty in 2012, the security situation partially improved and People in Need was able start with its projects supporting education and hygiene awareness. Together with its local partner organization, we built or repaired five schools for 550 children, equipping them with the necessary facilities, as well as improving capacities of the local teachers to manage their school. In order to prevent water-borne diseases, children were trained in the Four Cleans (clean hands, clean food, clean latrines and clean water) and schools were provided with latrines, rain-water catchments and water filters.