Call for Proposals: Monastic Education

Myanmar Education Consortium is inviting interested organisations to submit a proposal to support the Monastic Education sector to meet the learning needs of children in monastic schools. It is widely recognised that monastic schools act as a source of access to education for children who struggle to access basic education particularly children who may be affected by poverty or conflict, providing options for children in poor and remote areas who may not have other viable alternatives to schooling. MEC has been supporting monastic education with a focus on support for the building of a monastic education system for the past five years. 

Whilst MEC predominantly pursues a system strengthening model, it is recognised that the pathway toward long-lasting systemic change in monastic education may be a non-linear process. Given the complex governance structure, combined with the immediate needs to support children considered to be hard-to-reach to access quality learning opportunities, a Technical Assistance Partnership approach to supporting children’s education within the monastic education sector has been deemed the most appropriate in the current context. While not mandatory, there is a strong preference for a consortium of organisations to apply together to draw on the strengths of different groups, including experience in different areas of technical expertise and geographic areas. 

A maximum of $ 2,500,000 is available for the period March 2023 – May 2025 for intervention activities to be implemented over a period of two school years, with funding tranches reviewed and approved annually based on the achievement of pre-agreed milestone indicators.  

Submission Instructions: 

  • All applications must be delivered in English language & via electronic format. Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word and / or Excel formats as an attached document to: [email protected] 
  • Incomplete submissions may mean non-processing or significant delay in processing of the proposals.
  • Questions or requests for clarification concerning this call for proposal must be submitted to [email protected] by 20 December 2022. Response to questions and clarifications will be made by MEC by posting written responses on the MEC website on 30 December 2022. 
  • Application Templates – applicants must prepare and complete the proposal using the template provided (Technical application, Risk Management Plan, Result Framework and Financial Application). The templates can be downloaded from the links provided below.
  • Applicants must not submit more than one application per organisation. However, sub-partners in a Consortium can join more than one Consortium as a sub-awardee.

For more information, please read the full description of the proposal call here,

Annex 1: Technical Application

Annex 2: Financial Application

Annex 3: Result Framework

Annex 4: Risk Management Matrix

MEC at the CIES 2022 Conference

The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) was present at the CIES 2022 conference held in Minnesota, United States this past week. On Thursday, April 21st, MEC Education Technical Lead Dho Ong Jhaan and the Shalom Foundation Languages Specialist Jasmine Williams presented their research findings to colleagues, researchers, and mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) experts in the Linguistic Opportunities panel. 

Their paper titled Centering the Local in the National: Reflections on the Development of a National L1-based Multilingual Education Program in Myanmar explores the current state of L1-based multilingual education in the country and proposes more inclusive education programming that aligns with the NESP 2021-2030. Following the identification of existing language-in-education practices, the researchers led consultations with local actors to understand the on-the-ground implementation of existing modalities in order to ascertain key areas of need and to establish how these can be addressed. The researchers found that inclusion of ethnic languages as a main language of instruction (LOI) has catalysed numerous positive effects for students, teachers, and the wider ethnic communities. 

Their findings illuminate how ethnic languages can be utilised and strengthened to better support ethnic children across all of Myanmar and enriches the discussion to promote languages in education in the ASEAN region for access to quality education for all.

Call for Application: Strategic Facilitation Fund

The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) is inviting its existing partners, organisations, groups or individuals to apply for the Strategic Facilitation Fund (SFF), a grant which aims to support strategic initiatives that addresses challenges in education. The application process is open from February 4th 2022, and remains open on an on-going basis thereafter. Interested candidates are requested to submit a concept note to [email protected] using the expression of interest (EOI) template provided below. Proposed activity regarding the construction and/or renovation of any kind is not allowed under Strategic Facilitation Fund (SFF). Please see below for more information about the grant and the application process. 

SFF Updated Guideline_September 2022

SFF Updated Guideline September 2022-Myanmar Version

MEC Programme Strategy Brief English Version

MEC Programme Strategy Brief Myanmar Version

EOI Template Myanmar

EOI Template English

Using Assessment for Teaching and Learning

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning, helping to identify whether the goals of education are being met. Together, MEC and MNEC are exploring methods for strengthening the use of assessments as a tool for improving learning and teaching.

Through a recent workshop, MEC and MNEC education teams reviewed the purpose and goals of both formative and summative assessment within the primary classroom, discussed the steps in integrating formative assessment into classroom practice and analyzed formative assessment frameworks. The focus on assessment complements MNEC’s system strengthening priorities in improving learning outcomes at Mon National Schools.