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.
The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) is inviting its existing partners, organizations, groups or individuals to apply for the Strategic Facilitation Fund (SFF), a grant which aims to support strategic initiatives that address challenges in education. The application process is opened from February 4th 2022, and remains open on an on-going basis thereafter. Interested candidates are requested to submit a concept note to email@example.com using the expression of interest (EOI) template provided below. Please see below for more information about the grant and the application process.
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.
MEC Education team facilitated the School Improvement Workshop (Broad based capacity development for School Improvement) to strengthen the capacity of staff from the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) at Mawlamyine in the last week of February.
The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) supported a total of 21 participants from its partner organizations to attend the Mother Tongue Based – Multi Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) Conference on the theme of Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education from the 24th to the 26th of September.