Over the past year, initiatives have been rolled out to help children in both urban and rural areas continue their education through platforms such as TV and online learning management systems.
Win May says many disadvantaged children, however, do not have access to the internet and the technology required for remote learning. “These children have not been able to learn using the remote learning platforms over the past year,” she says.
What ChildFund is doing
Children and young people make up half the population of Myanmar. It is critical they can access a quality education so they have the knowledge, skills and opportunities to change their lives, positively contribute to their communities and shape the future of their country.
In the urban slums of Yangon, ChildFund’s non-formal literacy and numeracy classes for out-of-school children have continued to operate over the past year, although at a smaller scale.
Once schools re-open, ChildFund will help run back-to-school campaigns in communities.
“ChildFund Myanmar is continuing to work with local partners on the ground to help ensure children at risk of dropping out, and who have not been able to continue learning over the past year, eventually return to school,” Win May says.
“Over the coming year, as a vaccine becomes readily available, we need to focus on the many different areas that the impact of COVID-19 has had on children. This includes education, as well as their health and wellbeing, and protection.”