MEC has been working with a number of groups and networks to share information, build capacity and initiate joint advocacy activities. Here are some of the groups MEC have supported to date:
NGO Child Rights Coalition (NCRC)
MEC collaborated with the NCRC to submit a civil society shadow report on the child rights situation in Myanmar as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in 2015. The NCRC is a coalition coming out of the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG) for the purpose of joint advocacy initiatives on child rights in Myanmar.
MEC Advocacy Interest Group
In May 2014 MEC started an advocacy interest group and invited funded project partners and advocacy partners to join quarterly discussions on education reform in Myanmar. The main purpose of the quarterly meetings is to share information, build advocacy capacity and to identify opportunities for joint advocacy. MEC in collaboration with ActionAid, organised a Right to Education training of trainers for the group in March 2015. Members of the group also participated in the civil society consultation on the draft National Education Sector Plan (NESP) in July 2015.
Refugee Education Stakeholders Group
This group is jointly organised by Save the Children Thailand and World Education Thailand and is made up of stakeholders working on education in the refugee camps in Thailand. Over the last year, MEC has engaged with the group to give updates on the education reform process in Myanmar and to identify opportunities for advocacy issues that are relevant for the group. Members of the group also participated in the civil society consultation on the draft National Education Sector Plan (NESP) in July 2015. In subsequent engagement with the border networks we have seen the structure of the discussion broaden out from refugee issues to ethnic education issues as they impact on both refugees and children and on systems inside Myanmar. There is strong potential to increasingly bring these discussions inside Myanmar and to broaden out the participation to include more ethnic minority groups.
Other coalitions that MEC engages with are the Myanmar Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) and the National Network for Education reform (NNER). MEC also has established a relationship with the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) who focuses on building capacity of national education coalitions in the region.