Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. The lack of an educated workforce skilled in modern technology hinders Myanmar’s economy, although recent reforms and developments carried out by the new government, in collaboration with foreign countries and organisations aim to make this a thing of the past.
Similarly to Laos and Cambodia, key challenges in Myanmar include a very limited access to quality education or qualified teachers at all levels. Schools buildings, infrastructures and teaching methods are often archaic and not adapted for 21st century education. The numerous ethnic groups and languages within the country make the establishment of a standardised education harder.
In addition, protracted conflicts and emergencies are disrupting many children’s path to learning.
As chair of the Ruit Foundation, the FFF has supported the work of Dr. Ruit all over Southeast Asia, including Myanmar where Dr. Ruit operated in two weeks on over 1300 people living with blindness.
The Foundation is in the planning stages of implementing NGS in Myanmar.