Non-formal education extended to middle schoolers
OVER 250 children have started a non-formal middle school education pilot program this month.
The program offers students who have dropped out of school a chance to re-enroll and continue their education, according to U Tun Kyi, secretary of the Managing Committee for NonFormal Education.
The pilot program launched in Yangon’s Dala and Hlaing Tharyar townships, Kachin’s Myitkyina township, Kayah’s Loikaw township, Rakhine’s Sittwe township, and Mon’s Kyaikto township on August 1. All of the townships, with the exception of Sittwe, now have two non-formal middle education campuses. There are 32 teachers across the 11 centres.
“We offered training for the teachers,” U Tun Kyi said. “We used childcentred approach for better engaging middle-school students.”
The child-centred approach is a method of education that allows the students to guide their own learning process.
The Ministry of Education, the Myanmar Literacy Resource Center (MLRC), UNICEF and other organisations are donors and contributors to the non-formal education program.
Non-formal primary education started in the 2008-09 academic year. Over the past eight years, 66,000 students have received non-formal primary educations. In the 2016-17 academic year, 10,000 students have enrolled in nonformal primary education. The new pilot programs provided the same type of education to middle-schoolers, seeking to combat the high drop-out rates.
Next year, non-formal middle education programs will be extended to other townships.