Self-reliance for Civil Society Organisations

Throughout one-day self-reliance seminar and two-day self-reliance workshop, (23) participants from (10) partner organizations; Karen Baptist Church (KBC), Mekiswe Myanmar, Hope for Shining Stars (S4SK), Nyein (Shalom) Foundation, Kayan New Generation Youth (KNGY), Pyinnya Tazaung Association (PTZA), Language and Social Development Organization (LSDO), Karen Teacher Working Group/Eastern Burma Community Schooling (KTWG/EBCS), Church Based Education Northern Shan State and Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) Pathein attended from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov 2016 in Yangon. The participants learned about Unrestricted Funding, Individual Donation Funding, Corporative Social Responsibility, Income Generation, and Organizational Fund Raising Workshop on 31st Oct.

The program is intended to support the partner organizations internally to create and implement unrestricted fundraising strategic plan for every organization. After completing this program event, participants understood the difference between restricted and unrestricted funds, gained knowledge about individual private fund fundraising, corporate fundraising and commercial/income generating activities, knew and identified options for raising unrestricted funds and developed a fundraising plan.

During the two-day workshop, training topics were primarily based on basic concept of Self-reliance struggles: Options for increasing self-reliance for Myanmar Civil Society Organizations by Dave McClintock,  Models of INGO Sustainability: Balancing Restricted and Unrestricted Funding by  John Hailey, Strategies to Strengthen NGO Capacity in Resource Mobilization through Business Activities by PDA and UNAID, Market Opportunity Analysis by Gihan, Market Segmentation by Jerry Thomas and Guide for Nonprofit by S. Mark Taper Foundation.

A participatory way was mainly used. Participants have learned the logic of market segmentation, stakeholder analysis, strength and opportunity analysis, inspiring objective setting and action plan that they have to develop comprehensive self-reliance plan. Setting action plan is the essential part of the workshop and all participants were excited to shape their strategy.

Sustainable Development through Multilingual Education

Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) attended at the 5th International Conference on Language and Education: Sustainable Development through Multilingual Education (MLE) from 19 to 21 October 2016.

The conference took stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region, with a special focus on multilingual education in early childhood and primary education. It likewise looked at innovative pedagogies in the training of MLE teachers. It also examined challenges and lesson learned from the Education For All (EFA) experience and give opportunities for forward-looking discussions on both the role of language in achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and preserving a harmonious relationship between the global and local contexts. Over 300 people attended from 34 countries.

MEC participated as one of the presenters of a panel session titled ‘Learning from existing practices to strengthen the development and implementation of language-in-education policy for Myanmar’s diverse school community contexts ’. The panel shared the process and indicative findings of the research initiative “Community Language Contexts and MLE Practices in Myanmar”, led by MEC with the involvement of 13 partner organizations.

Under the technical guidance of MEC Senior Education Adviser, Amanda Seel, the presentations were led by MEC Education Manager, Htay Ei Ei, with three case studies presented: a Mon National School of Mon National Education Committee (MNEC), by Min Rot Ong Mon; a school in a Kachin Independence Organisation-controlled area, by L. Aung Sen; and a school supported by a Dai (Chin) literature and culture program by Salai Aung Ling.

All of our group had the opportunity to develop our knowledge in the MLE field and also networking in an area that will be one of the key supporting platforms for the MEC future strategy.

The brief information of our study can be found in the MLE Study Information Sheet.