Non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tion ex­tended to mid­dle school­ers

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI SHWE PHYU news­room@mm­times.com

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.

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