Fin­land sup­ports the school­ing of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Myan­mar

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Source: Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Fin­land

Fin­land sup­ports the fol­low-on fi­nanc­ing of the World Bank’s De­cen­tral­iz­ing Fund­ing to Schools Project in Myan­mar. The project im­proves the qual­ity of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in dif­fer­ent parts of Myan­mar, es­pe­cially aim­ing to sup­port the school­ing of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Fin­land's con­tri­bu­tion to the De­cen­tral­iz­ing Fund­ing to Schools Project to­tals EUR 7.12 mil­lion dur­ing 2017–2021. The agree­ment on fol­low-on fi­nanc­ing for the project was signed in Naypyi­daw, the cap­i­tal of Myan­mar, on Mon­day 18 March. In ad­di­tion to Fin­land, the World Bank’s project is sup­ported by Aus­tralia and Den­mark.

The ed­u­ca­tional project was launched in 2014 to­gether with Myan­mar’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. The cov­er­age and re­sults of the project have been good.

The heads and teach­ers of schools can per­son­ally de­cide the ways in which they want to de­velop the in­clu­sive­ness and qual­ity of teach­ing in their schools through the sup­port avail­able from the project. Ap­prox­i­mately 50,000 schools have re­ceived sup­port from the project so far.

Thanks to stipends to pupils, it has been pos­si­ble to re­duce the school drop-out rate among the most at-risk chil­dren. Al­most 200,000 chil­dren at risk of drop­ping out from school have been able to con­tinue their school­ing thanks to stipends.

”It is im­por­tant for Fin­land that the DFSP reaches ev­ery State and Re­gion in Myan­mar, in­clud­ing Rakhine. We sup­port teach­ing that also takes into con­sid­er­a­tion spe­cial groups and the most at-risk chil­dren,” says Ri­ikka Laatu, Am­bas­sador of Fin­land to Myan­mar.

To schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project must com­mit them­selves to equal­ity and non-dis­crim­i­na­tion in their prac­tices and ac­tiv­i­ties. To be el­i­gi­ble for sup­port, school heads and teach­ers must pro­mote equal­ity in both en­roll­ment and class­room at­ten­dance. The project pro­vides sup­port and mon­i­tors the suc­cess of schools in tak­ing mi­nori­ties and marginalis­ed groups into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Thingyangy­u’s train­ing school close to Yan­gon is one of the thou­sands of schools that have re­ceived sup­port from the DFSP project Photo: Silja Ra­jan­der/Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs

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