A boy doing school work in his classroom in Myanmar. Credit: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$100,376,608

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Improve teaching and learning, vocational education and training, research and innovation leading to measurable improvements in student achievement in all schools.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: Australian Embassy, Embassy of Finland, EU Delegation, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UNESCO

GPE Team lead: Aya Kibesaki, Mohamed Yassine

Transforming education in Myanmar

12 million school aged children in Myanmar currently face a learning crisis. A combination of both COVID-19 and the miliary takeover have led to recent improvements in education outcomes being lost.

The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in prolonged school closures, with children’s learning being greatly disrupted. The military takeover of the country in February 2021 has also impacted children’s education. Following the takeover, 125,000 basic education teachers (31%) were suspended.

Displacement and insecurity caused by the conflict has contributed to low enrollment and attendance figures, with violence occurring near schools and some premises being taken over for military purposes.

Unique challenges in accessing education are also faced by Rohingya children, with many of those in IDP camps struggling to access education, particularly post-primary. To date, violence is continuing in Myanmar, including in areas that previously did not have active conflict, and UNOCHA estimates that over 240,000 displaced people are in camps or camp-like situations.

Despite the clear need for educational reform, the political environment means that it is very challenging for education partners to intervene and support education improvements within Myanmar.

The Myanmar Joint Response Framework for the Education Sector 2022-2025 therefore functions as a tool for coordination between national and international stakeholders and partners working on supporting the education sector. Within the Framework, 3 main programming areas are identified:

  1. Ensuring safe and equitable access to learning for all children and youth in Myanmar
  2. Ensuring quality teaching/learning for all children and youth in Myanmar by strengthening the capacities of education staff and fostering context-responsive equity-focused learning resources and modalities adapted to the evolving situation
  3. Ensuring systems strengthening, management, coordination and monitoring.

The framework also notes equity and inclusion as priorities, which cut across all three programming areas. In particular, focus is placed upon children with disabilities, as well as the importance of using a gendered approach to ensure that the varying needs of girls and boys are met.

Grants

(data as of February 29, 2024)

 
  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2023 - 2026

    Allocation: US$50,000,000

    Utilization: US$2,454,549

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK, UNESCO, UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2023 - 2026

    Allocation: US$50,000,000

    Utilization: US$2,454,549

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK, UNESCO, UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2023 - 2026

    Allocation: US$50,000,000

    Utilization: US$2,454,549

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK, UNESCO, UNICEF

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2020 - 2024

    Allocation: US$699,062

    Utilization: US$457,411

    Grant agent: UNESCO

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting The South Asian Assessment Alliance led by Street Child for the 2021-2023 period.

Myanmar also previously received support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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