Children in rural areas of western Myanmar face challenges in their attempts to access education, including: rugged geography; a scattered population; natural disasters; food insecurity; teaching in non-ethnic languages and a lack of qualified teachers. These challenges, combined with the highest levels of household poverty (73%) in Myanmar, have led to a school drop-out rate of 18% by grade 5 in Chin State, and only 8% of children passing Grade 10 in rural areas, where poverty is the greatest.
We offer students, who carry a vision for the long-term benefit of their people, the opportunity to pursue higher education. They are provided with accommodation, subsistence, mentoring and support towards educational fees. In 2016, 74% of our Year 12 students passed their final exams, and our medical students achieved between 86-91% in their year-end assessments. This was a significant achievement for students coming from subsistence farming backgrounds, many with illiterate parents.
Health & Hope believes that education is crucial in building long-term sustainable development in Myanmar, raising levels of social awareness and preparing future leaders to be the catalysts of a fair and equitable society. Since 2009, this project has supported 97 students to undertake college & university education. Many graduates have returned to Chin state to work with Health & Hope Myanmar. Recently, these have included 3 doctors, 3 nurses, 2 teachers, and 5 business graduates.