According to the Government of Myanmar ECCD policy (2014), the vision for ECCD in Myanmar is:
“From birth to 8 years of age, all children of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will receive holistic, high-quality and developmentally-appropriate care from their parents, caregivers and service providers to ensure they will be happy, healthy, well nourished, socially adept, emotionally balanced and well protected in conditions of freedom, equity and dignity in order to contribute positively to their families, communities and the nation.”
From February 2013 to May 2017, MEC supports a number of partners to contribute towards this vision through funding project implementation, technical support for quality programming, research and joint policy engagement.
At the end of March 2015, World Vision (WV) successfully completed their Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) project on time and met the targeted service delivery levels.
The project established 88 community based ECCD centres. WV exceeded their quality targets with all centres meeting Minimum Quality Standards and 90% assessed as “excellent”.
ECCD students of ages four and above were assessed on school readiness using the Child Development Learning Outcome Assessment (CDLOA). The results from January 2015, showed that 78% of students scored “excellent” (130 out of total possible score 165), 20% scored “good” and 2% scored “need to improve” for the academic year.
World Vision is both a founding and implementing partner of MEC.
The Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) project implemented by Save the Children in Myanmar (SCiM) was completed at the end of March 2015.
ECCD centres have been established to serve 100 communities and 300 caregivers have been trained. A Parental Education model aims to ensure that learning continues in the home and Management Committees work to improve community participation and ownership.
ECCD networks have been formally established and registered in 20 locations to continue a community of practice which experience has shown will be sustained beyond the life of the project.
Save the Childern is both a founding and implementing partner of MEC.
Karen Baptist Church (KBC)
Project areas: Kayin, Kayah, Mon, Shan, Bago, Ayeyarwaddy, Yangon
About: Karen Baptist Convention is a faith-based organisation and it is split into 14 departments. KBC has been implementing religious education activities in 921 communities in 89 townships, which have been strengthened to establish an ECCD programme.
Project Goal: Children out of 155 villages will have good access to curricula written in their mother tongue within three years.
Contact: Naw Htee Wah Paw, Project Manager
Meikswe Myanmar (MM)
Project areas: Shan, Rakhine
About: Since 2007, Meikswe Myanmar has been providing knowledge to self-help schools, monastic schools, community-based association sand government schools in Lashio, Rakhine state and the Moken Islands. Meikswe is working on ECCD project in three monastic schools, three nunneries and in 58 villages.
Project Goal: Improved learning opportunities for children aged three to five years.
Contact: Naw Bway Khu, Country Director
Project areas: Kachin, Kayah, Shan
About: Metta Development Foundation (Metta) is a non-governmental organisation, established in 1998, to assist communities in Myanmar in recovering from the consequences of conflict and humanitarian emergencies. The primary objective of Metta is the evolution of self-reliant and peaceful societies through social and economic growth. The driving force behind Metta is the concept their name embodies – “loving kindness”.
Project Goal: Ensure that all children under five years have access to quality ECCD services in targeted villages.
Contact: Sai Sam Kham, Executive Director
Project areas: Sagaing
About: Plan International Myanmar started operations in 2008 in response to Cyclone Nargis. Their education recovery phase programme in the Delta included construction and repair for 51 schools and ECCD centers, as well as providing them with teacher training and materials. Plan International Myanmar works through local partners to reach marginalised children, families and communities, supporting change in six key areas: ECCD; MNCHN, WASH, Child Protection; DRR and Emergency Response.
Project Goal: All children in target communities participate in quality, inclusive community-managed ECCD services.
Contact: Jenny Swe Swe Myint, Country Program Coordinator
Pyinnya Tazaung Association (PTZA)
Project areas: Shan, Tanintharyi
About: Pyinna Tazaung Association (PTZA) was established in 1952. Their ECCD project has been ongoing since 2000. PTZA is registered as a local NGO performing educational development, especially in the area of Basic Education.
Project Goal: To promote ECCD centers to help the children get access to standardised quality and healthy learning environments, with healthcare, nutritional status, sanitation, safety and protection.
Contact: U Tha Aung Kyaw, ECD Project Manager
Language and Social Development Organization (LSDO)
Project areas: Rakhine
About: Language and Social Development Organization (LSDO) was formed in 2012 and have experiences I training teams from ethnic language group for community-based literacy programs and language and development department has been conducting training and giving technical support for capacity building.
Project Goal: For the Laitu children in Minbya township to thrive in school, enjoy learning and complete their basic education from primary through high school and to provide mother tongue learning environment.
Contact: Vong Tsuh Shi, Secretary