Myanmar is at high risk of natural and man-made emergencies and the program targets conflict-affected areas. Children’s education has frequently been disrupted over the past decades due to conflict resulting in displacement of communities, damage to learning centres and the loss of qualified teachers due to migration.
Even following the partial signing of the NCA, conflict continues and the return to conflict remains a real possibility in many areas. Where peace is more stable the possibility of voluntary return could lead to large numbers of children seeking to access schools across all systems and could result in substantial additional demand for ethnic and monastic services.
MEC will work with partners on issues of resilience and to prepare for possibility of supporting the relocation of displaced people. Partnership plans will retain the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances in case of emergency situations in communities where MEC is providing support. MEC does not directly work to support children outside of Myanmar, but the issues facing children returning from overseas are often similar to the challenges of transition within Myanmar and the objectives to improve the framework for transition will also include children returning from other countries.
Under the previous program design MEC operated a small, rapid response emergency fund. While ethnic and monastic organisations may be supported to respond to emergencies, the mechanism will not be publicly open as before. The systems will remain in place should the need arise to reactivate.