The MEC’s programme approach includes the following components:
Partnership: Developing meaningful partnerships, based on mutual benefit and mutual trust, is central to MEC’s work and developing the partnership approach has been a critical ongoing process. From mid-2016, MEC will start taking a more strategic approach to partnerships. Where previously partners were identified through open calls for proposals, future partnerships will be based on the goals of strengthening complementary education systems and partnership development will be more targeted, with more collaboration in the design of partnerships from the beginning of the process. This revised approach will be a substantial departure from our previous approach and the partnership approach will need to adapt to support the revised programme strategy. Find more information on the current MEC Partnership Management Approach.
Funding and Service Delivery: MEC is a partnerships programme that support partners with funding to implement education projects. The bulk of MEC’s funding therefore is invested in supporting education service delivery. The rest of the funding goes towards organisational strengthening support, sector networking and coordination and advocacy and policy engagement. MEC will continue to develop different funding mechanisms that adapt to the changes in the country context and the needs in the education sector. Learn more about MEC funding.
Organisational and Systems Strengthening Support: MEC’s organisational strengthening support will move more towards a systems strengthening approach from 2017, as MEC starts to partner more with complementary education systems actors. MEC supports partners to assess their organisational development needs and to plan interventions that will bring positive change and strengthen the organisation to be able to achieve its vision, mission and goals. The type of support provided can include education technical for quality programming, advocacy capacity building and networking, project and grant management and monitoring and evaluation. A wide range of materials to support Organisational Development can be downloaded from the Resources and tools section.
Advocacy and Policy Engagement: MEC directly advocates for issues relevant to the MEC mandate, strategy and thematic focus areas, but also supports partners to jointly advocate for issues faced in their communities. Advocacy initiatives include public awareness raising and campaigning. Policy engagement involves directly or together with partners developing evidence-based policy recommendations and participating in consultations on legislative and education policy reforms. MEC also actively supports network and civil society coalition building in Myanmar. You can read our current Advocacy Strategy here. Find out more about our Advocacy and policy engagement achievements and download materials to support advocacy in the Resources and tools section.
Networking and Coordination: MEC actively participates in networking and coordination in the education sector in Myanmar and supports our partners to participate as well. Sector coordination in Myanmar happens through a number of working groups at national and local levels. In recent years most working groups have focused on contributing and engaging with the policy-making processes as part of on-going education reforms in Myanmar. These working groups also act as communities of practice where lessons learned and good practices are shared among various stakeholders in the sector.