National Education Law 2014
In September 2014, MEC supported a group of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) working on inclusive education to meet with 35 members of parliament (MPs) from different political parties in Nay Pyi Taw. The purpose of the meeting was to advocate for the inclusion of Inclusive Education (IE) in the National Education Law (NEL). Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Welfare also attended. The event was organized by Eden School for Disabled Children and was sponsored by the Myanmar Education Consortium. Unfortunately the lobbying event came too late for the DPO and CSO recommendations to be incorporated in the September 2014 version of the NEL, since the law was passed in Parliament the following week.
In March 2015, MEC support a delegate from the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative to take part in the GoM’s civil society consultations on the NEL. MILI’s recommendations focused on greater emphasis on inclusive education in the NEL.
The revised NEL (June 2015) is stronger on inclusive education, but greater conceptual understanding of IE is still needed among policymakers and government officials.
Since June 2015, MEC has been participating in the re-drafting process of the Child Law in collaboration with the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG). In May 2016 the NCRWG submitted a list of recommendations for the re-drafting of the law to the Women and Children’s Rights Committee of the Upper House of Parliament.
Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Education and Disability Working Group was able to submit recommendations on the bylaws of this law to the Department of Social Welfare who is leading the bylaws drafting process.