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European Union in Myanmar, Rakhine – Church of Sweden & The Lutheran World Federation

The assignment responds to the need to develop communication materials to illustrate the impact of EU-funded projects in Myanmar, particularly a photo library. This tool will be used for a wide range of creative, technical and documentary purposes (including website, social media, newsletters, leaflets, posters, national and international media, etc.). The photos reflect not only the local contexts, living standards and natural landscapes of the areas visited, but also the purpose and meaning of the different EU interventions.

Over the last few years, Myanmar has embarked in a historic and multi-faceted transition process. This process included a number of political and economic reforms aimed at fostering an inclusive democratic system, resolve the long-standing ethnic conflicts and creating an increasingly diversified and internationally integrated economy.

In line with the priorities identified by the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM), the EU-funded Institutional Strengthening and Policy Dialogue Support project aims to strengthen public institutions and non-state actors and develop capacities for policymaking, planning and implementation to respond to citizens’ needs and contribute to general socio-economic development.

Program’s Objective : To contribute towards improved quality of education for children in Rakhine State, Myanmar

With the support of the European Union and Church of Sweden, LWF organization supports the operation of nine (9) Temporary Learning Spaces, eight (8) Child Friendly Spaces and one (1) Non Formal Education Centre in Ohn Taw Gyi South IDP camp in Sittwe Township. The program contributes towards to improve the quality of the education for children in Rakhine State including the educational activities in IDP camps. In Ohn Taw Gyi South, Ohn Taw Gyi North, Dar Paing, Basara, Thae Chaung, Nget Chaung there are 5.456 students attending the IDP camp schools. Activities involve Workshops for Parents Teachers Association on roles and responsibilities in hygiene practices and waste/garbage management.

CASES-testimonials 

European Union of Myanmar, photo by Maro Verli

European Union of Myanmar, photo by Maro Verli

Kyaw Nairg  is 20 years old and he started participating in the program of Basara IDP Camp 18 months ago. Now he attends the Refresher Teacher Training on teaching methodologies and lesson planning in order to develop his skills. His students are in between 5-9 years old.

“My friend was working In Save The Children organization and I liked that through his job he was contributing to our community. Thus when I learned about the program I applied as I believe that education is valuable for our community.”

Ma Than Than Aye, (pic33) works in the program since 2015. She is a mother of 12 and 8 years old children. Her husband encouraged her to participate and she has the opportunity to teach her children with the knowledge he gained through the program.

Zaw Myint Naing,(pic 60) is a 20 years old young teacher. He learned English online as he loves languages. His sister was working in the program but now she moved to Malaysia to work in UNHCR. He was inspired by her job and he applied for the teacher position.

European Union of Myanmar, photo by Maro Verli

European Union of Myanmar, photo by Maro Verli

“Sometimes parents don’t allow to their children to come in school. They prefer to keep them home where they can help in housework. In these cases I visit them trying to explain the advantages of education for our community and for children’s future.”

Zaw Myint Naing wants one day to work as an interpreter.

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