Teachers at Maina IDP camp with their MyLibrary
Myanmar is rolling out a much-needed new national curriculum which offers refugee children the chance to participate in mainstream education and sit high school exams. But it’s really hard for schools in camps to get hold of the new curriculum materials. Our Head of IT, May Thet Khine Nyein explains why the new curriculum is important and the problems facing kids in camps:
“The new curriculum leads in a direction where children will be able to learn critical skills. It needs teaching aids, songs and extra-curricular resources. But government schools from hard-to-reach locations do not have textbooks or any teaching aids for their students. For children in refugee camps, it is extra difficult to access the new curriculum because of the instability of the regions and the hard-to-reach locations.The new curriculum textbooks are not distributed by the government. Although the government plans to give online training, in many areas it is not possible because of the lack of internet infrastructure. Even training for teachers about the new curriculum cannot be delivered online.”
We are helping children in camps stay learning by packing the new curriculum materials along with lots of supporting teaching aids, games, video lessons and quizzes into MyLibrary, our self-contained portable digital library which works even in places with no internet connection or phone signal. May Thet explains, “We solved the problem by adding eLearning resources which are linked to the national curriculum. The displaced children who've had their education interrupted can have some continuity to their learning, making it easier for them to return to the national education system without having fallen too far behind their peers.”
Covid-19 means that people can no longer move in and out of the refugee camps. But thanks to your support, children inside the camps can access the new curriculum, continue their education and graduate high school and so have the best chance of post-refugee education and employment.