Monastic education refers to schools run by monasteries and nunneries. These schools provide free education to children and currently attract enrollments from poor, ethnic, and migrant communities. Monastic schools generally have strong community support and can often better cater to the local needs. Monastic education is only in early stages of developing as a ‘system’, with processes and structures for planning, school leadership and management, teacher training, quality assurance, with professional and performance standards for teaching and learning still under development.
The Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG)
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.