This project will enable us to launch a long sought after education initiative amongst the rural poor in western Myanmar. The project will provide education to 300 high school students, with the aim of radically changing their life opportunities through a ten-fold increase in the Year 10 matriculation rate over the next 12 months. The project will be led by successful graduates from our Freedom to Education Project returning to take up leadership roles in their home communities.
Children in Chin State live in a neglected and impoverished region of Myanmar and face a myriad of challenges in their attempts to seek a basic education. The education system currently excludes rural, poor, ethnic minority children at birth due to location, language barriers, poverty, curriculum content and access to high quality teaching adapted to the local context and understanding. This has led to dismal pass rates of only 1.6% for Grade 10 high school students in some rural areas.
The project will be led by the returning English-speaking graduates from our scholarship programme who are able to speak the local language and contextualise the curriculum for the students. They will provide study support in-school and a comprehensive teaching programme out-of-school. The project will provide a library of educational resources, translation of course materials into the mother tongue of the students and supplementary nutrition through a lunch-time meal.
The first year of the project will provide an injection of support for 300 year 10 students studying for their exams in March 2019. The project aims to see at least a tenfold increase in the matriculation rate, increasing the future livelihood and economic prospects for the children and their families.