Public awareness raising

Since 2013, MEC has initiated or supported a number of public awareness-raising around the education needs and rights of the most vulnerable children in Myanmar.

Education and Social Cohesion Talk 2013

MEC’s awareness-raising work started in October 2013 with a lunch time talk by Professor Heynemann (Vanderbilt University) on the link between education and social cohesion.  The event was attended by 160 people. See picture here.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCRC) Day event 2014

On 20 November 2014, MEC as part of the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG) an  event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Day.

The aim of the day was to raise awareness on the rights of children, especially the right to education for the most vulnerable children, including children with disabilities and out-of-school children.

There were 475 attendees at the event, which included children, parents, INGOs, NGO, and invited government and media. See pictures here.

World Refugee Day event 2015

On 26th June 2015, Myanmar Education Consortium and Save the Children International held a media event on “Opportunities and Challenges for refugee students and teachers returning from Thailand to Myanmar” at Monsoon Restaurant, Yangon, Myanmar. Forty six participants including representatives from international non- government organizations, local organizations, ethnic education organizations, members of parliament, refugee camps and other key education actors joined the event. At the event, the “Beyond Access: Refugee student’s experiences of Myanmar State Education “report was launched and the short film “Recognize our education, realize our dreams” was shown to raise the voices of students and teachers from the camps.

The event aimed to highlight the need for civil society advocacy for an education policy framework that recognises refugee teachers and students upon return to Myanmar. Information on the refugee camp education systems were shared by the panelists, which highlighted the challenges and opportunities for returnee students and teachers. See picture here.