Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education

by Tekkatho Foundation
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education
Tekkatho training at NSI, Kachin
Tekkatho training at NSI, Kachin

Our education coordinator in Kachin has been busy. With the generous support of Give a Hand, Ma Khon Mai has set up a new MyLibrary for the students of the Ningshawng Social Institute (NSI) in Palana. NSI provides young adults with vocation training, including a teacher training programme. The MyLibrary at NSI contains teacher training resources, plus hundreds of vocational training resources on agriculture, entrepreneurship, healthcare, workplace and digital skills. Ma Khon Mai has already started running regular Friday training – everyone welcome!

In other news, our project Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education has been selected for matched funding on World Refugee Day, Monday June 20 2022. Any donation you make to this project between 7am- 11.59pm ET will be matched at 100%.  Please consider making a small donation to Help Us Provide Refugees in Myanmar an Education on June 20 and double your impact power!

Please spread the word and thank you for your continuing support for young people in Myanma

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MyLibrary - a complete school library plus Wi-Fi
MyLibrary - a complete school library plus Wi-Fi

It has been a year since the Myanmar military staged an attempted coup and jailed the country's elected leaders. The country remains in turmoil, with the education, health and finance systems near collapse.  The International Rescue Committee estimate that more than 14 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2022 and 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of the coup.

Teachers are torn between not wanting to work in government schools but still wanting to deliver an education to the children in their communities. There is no clear answer, everyone is making their own decisions.  We have stopped our work with universities for now. We are carrying on our work in schools and setting up new MyLibraries in non-state schools in the border regions like Kayin, Kachin and Rakhine State, working with the Norwegian Refugee Council and Give A Hand.

The effects of the coup are both long reaching and devastating to the ordinary people of Myanmar. We will continue to help the teachers of the next generation the best we can and are very grateful to you for your continued generosity.

The photo, taken in January, shows children learning with MyLibrary. The MyLibrary digital library is the white disc on the tabletop. Inside the library are thousands of resources designed to support school children in Myanmar, all adapted to work in places with no internet connection, like this school in Magway.

Thank you for supporting young people in Myanmar through the last year.

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MyLibrary - a complete school library plus Wi-Fi
MyLibrary - a complete school library plus Wi-Fi

The turmoil in Myanmar following the military coup on 1 Feb has led to around 220,000 people being displaced from their homes. Around 75,000 of these new refugees are children. We have been working with the Norwegian Refugee Council to improve educational opportunities for young people in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. Our MyLibraries are self-contained, portable digital libraries and the Norwegian Refugee Council are taking five ‘on the road’ to villages and refugee camps around the main town of Sittwe.  

Project manager May Thet says,

“The MyLibrary project in Rakhine is good because the political situation is a little calmer there. Although the Norwegian Refugee Council cannot operate completely as they wish, right now they can go to the field and show smaller groups how to use the MyLibrary digital library. 

At first, the Norwegian Refugee Council were planning to use MyLibrary for schools, but now they are using MyLibrary to give young adults vocational training and distribute Covid-19 prevention resources in the villages and camps. They have made their own educational videos in Rakhine language and Myanmar language and uploaded into MyLibrary. We hope to re-share these locally made resources across other MyLibraries in Myanmar.”

All of us at the Tekkatho Foundation would like to say thank you so much for your continued support in difficult times.

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A student holds a MyLibrary digital library.
A student holds a MyLibrary digital library.

Government education in Myanmar is in freefall, with the military coup dashing hopes of schools re-opening and children returning to the classroom.

Primary and secondary schools reopened in June, the start of the new academic year. But many parents have not enrolled their children this year. Most teachers at government schools have stayed away too. A father of a child in Grade 1 told us: “It is difficult for me to decide not to enrol my son. Yet, I chose the right thing for my son's safety. How can I let him study in this chaotic situation? Hope we can get the better education soon."  Another parent told us: “Soldiers are guarding the schools and looking after the kids.  Education is important whether it is government school or not, but there are soldiers instead of teachers, and we see soldiers let children play with their weapons. It is not suitable.”

Meanwhile the number of people displaced by coup violence is growing, with an estimated 53,000 new refugees, around half school-aged kids. Our work continues with a refugee agency in border camps in Kachin and Shan. We are expanding educational provision in the camps, creating virtual classrooms to deliver the new curriculum materials, so that children displaced by the military coup don’t lose their education as well as their homes. This would not be possible without your continued support - Thank you.

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As you may have seen on the news, on the day that the new parliament of Myanmar was due to assemble for the first time, the elected leadership were detained by the army and a state of emergency was declared.

At the Tekkatho Foundation, we are hugely concerned by the unfolding political events and stand by the efforts of Myanmar teachers in their peaceful protests. We are thankful that our in-country staff are safe.  It’s not clear how our project activities will be affected in the immediate future as our focus is on remote communties far from political centres of power and right now schools are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to pursue our plans to keep our students learning long term wherever they live. We have taken steps to ensure that our funds are protected, and can be used as intended.

As an organisation, our mission remains the same. We are committed to providing access to education to some of the most remote and marginalised young people in Myanmar. And we will continue to do this no matter what political changes occur.

Our projects on GlobalGiving remain live and will be part of the matched funding Little-by-Little campaign from March 8th to 12th. During the Little-by-Little campaign, all donations up to $50 from unique donors will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

 We are particularly grateful for your continued support and partnership at this time.

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