Monastic education refers to a nation-wide network of schools run by monasteries and nunneries that have long provided free education to girls and boys of all backgrounds, mostly attracting students from poor, ethnic and migrant communities.
Like ethnic schools, these schools have certain strengths related to community support, inclusion, local flexibility and cultural adaptation. However, monastic education is only beginning to develop as a ‘system’, with processes and structures for planning, school leadership and management, teacher training, quality assurance and professional and performance standards for teaching and learning still in the early stages of development.
The Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG)
Project Area : Mandalay Division
The Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG) was founded in 2014 as a local NGO engaged in comprehensive country-wide efforts to strengthen the monastic school system by building its capacity to provide quality education and increase access to schools for children and young people around the country, particularly in remote and isolated areas. MEDG is now fully registered as a local NGO since January 2018.
In Year 3, with MEC support, the MEDG will provide education services to 18,800 students and 405 teachers across 105 schools.