Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

How child labour affects children in Myanmar

Recently I visited Myanmar to attend the opening of a new teacher training college, funded by ChildFund with the help of our wonderful supporters.

There are very few teacher training facilities in Myanmar, so it’s one of the important ways we can help provide quality education in the country.

I also visited a non-formal school that ChildFund supports in a slum community outside of Yangon. This is what I learned about the children who attend the school, and my thoughts on what can be done to help them.

 

Child labour deprives children of their childhood

All of the children who attend the school have to work, forced by poverty to contribute to their household income from a young age.

It’s very upsetting to see kids having to live this way, but it was tremendous to see them in class, enjoying the chance to be a child again for a time. Every child needs that.

What struck me most was the passion and determination of the children, especially an 11-year-old girl called May Su.

 

Creating opportunities for children with education

 

She was forced out of mainstream school at just seven and was so thankful for a second chance to learn.

Projects like this make such a difference.

ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence with May Su in Myanmar

Acquiring basic literacy and numeracy goes a long way to giving these children opportunities for safer and better paid jobs in the future, and helps them to manage in society.

 

Donations from our supports are helping children in Myanmar

 

This work would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters, and you can be very proud of the difference you are making to the lives of vulnerable children in Myanmar.

Every child has the right to an education. Please help with a donation today. You can help restore hope to children like May Su and give them a second chance.

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