Currently, the education prospects of students with disabilities in Myanmar are very poor. Interventions that address disability inclusion from multiple perspectives – awareness, participation, teacher capacity and comprehensive accessibility – are needed.
Such interventions must work, not only in education facilities and training of teachers, but also in the community to challenge existing attitudes and reduce the stigma associated with disability. Similarly, greater efforts are needed to translate overarching policy commitments into better service delivery.
From February 2013 to May 2017, MEC supports a number of partners through funding project implementation, technical support for quality programming, research and joint policy engagement.
In partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), MEC has established and co-chaired a working group on education and disability up to April 2017. Please refer to the Policy and advocacy section for more details.
Karuna Mission Social Solidarity – Pathein (KMSS – Pathein)
Project areas: Ayeyarwady
About: KMSS – Pathien was established in 2001 under the umbrella of Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) National Office, which is the National Caritas of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar (CBCM). KMSS – Pathein operates in coordination with Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations (CIMO) and with the local authorities of the Ayeyarwady Region Its projects include livelihoods, health, social protection, emergency response and disaster risk reduction, as well as education, with focus on Inclusive Education.
Project Goal: To improve the level of participation, retention and achievement in mainstream, government schools for children with physical disabilities and hearing and visual impairments, both in and out of school.
Contact: Fr. Henry Eikhlein, Director
Project areas: Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy
About: MILI (Established in 2011 with Registration No. 2116) is a non-profit organization of disabled persons working at all levels and has been fighting for equal rights, inclusion and independent living of people with cross-disabilities in Myanmar. Its head office is based in Yangon and 24 branch offices are operating in 9-regions and states of the country by 56 employees and 2,729 disabled members. MILI specifically work for disability inclusive elections, disability inclusive business, disability inclusive education, disability inclusive employment, disability inclusive arts, disability inclusive buildings, disability inclusive disaster risk reduction and disability inclusive development in general.
Project Goal: To increase the number and proportion of children with disabilities accessing quality basic education either in formal or non-formal education settings.
Project Duration: MILI’s Inclusive Education project ended after one year.
Contact: Nay Lin Soe (CEO)