A project to provide supplementary education for rural Myanmar children in to improve school achievement and retention.

Background

The rural village of Na Kyo Ai outside Bagan has low quality and retention rates in their government school. Few households encourage children to continue their education beyond the mandatory 5 years provided by the village school due to additional costs, forcing Myanmar children and youth out of school and into low-wage agricultural labor. Without the minimum completion of grade 11 government education, the youth are ineligible for university education and professional certification and become trapped in a cycle of economic poverty.

Myanmar school participation rates
Comparison of primary and secondary school enrolment rates in Myanmar (Source: UNESCO)

Stakeholders

Around 50 village households with 80 Myanmar children under 16 years participating. The project will be co-managed together with village monastery Abbott.

Implementation

  •  At the suggestion of the local monastery Abbott and de facto village leader, program will be modeled after a successful program implemented and running in a nearby village for over 5 years that has improved school retention rates by an average of one year annually.
  • Four teachers and two educational support staff will be hired on a monthly basis to conduct supplementary education courses at the village monastery compound six days per week, before and after regular government school hours.
  • A local project manager will monitor and assess program delivery and attendance on a weekly basis. The program will regularly document its operations, feedback and lessons learned to promote replication in nearby villages.

Goals

  •  Improve government school retention and completion rates in the village by providing supplemental education courses for children under 16 year who are still enrolled in government school.
  • Include an environmental education component in the program to address real-world challenges in the village such as waste management, household gardening and nutrition.
  • Participation of parents in community livelihood improvement projects to fund continuing program operating costs

Duration (begin/end):

12 months, begin each 3 months following school breaks and crop harvests

Measurement of outcomes

Number of attendees per class, number of courses completed, number of students per course, number of implemented community environmental projects, grade improvement in government school assessments, number of students who continue in next year of government school

Budget

$8,000USD/year

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