Thai and Myanmar Governments Engage to Support Migrant Education

December 7th, 2016 | News

Between November 21 and 23, 2016 World Education Thailand hosted senior officials from the Department of Alternative Education (DAE) at the Ministry of Education, Myanmar (MOE) in Mae Sot, Tak Province to discuss education access for migrant children from Myanmar in Thailand. The meeting attendees sought to strengthen coordination and consultation mechanisms for future education planning and policy development at the DAE.

The region is home to approximately 14,000 migrant students currently studying at the 61 learning centers. After visiting Hsar Mu Htaw Learning Center, the Kilometer 42 Non Formal Primary Education (NFPE) center and Ban Mae Tao Mai School, Dr. Khine Mye, Director General, DAE; Dr. Thant Sin, Deputy Director General; and U Khin Maung Htwe, Deputy Director General, participated in a bilateral consultation with the Royal Thai Government to explore opportunities for enhanced linkages between the two governments.

Facilitated by Dr. Premjai Wangsiripaisan from Chulalangkorn University and attended by representatives from World Education, UNESCO, UNICEF, DAE officials and RTG representatives Dr. Rangsan Maneelek, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister’s office and Mr. Anothai Thaiwannasri, Director of Tak PESAO 2 expressed strong commitment to migrant education and to jointly tackling the issues of access and accreditation in education for migrant children through a bilateral joint working group.

These commitments were echoed in a follow up meeting between the DAE officials and wider stakeholders active in migrant education, at which recommendations on the need for flexible pathways to migrant student accreditation and migrant teacher recognition; up-scaling of nonformal programming for out-of-school children; and policy for equivalency and transition were presented. The DAE is a newly formed department in the MOE in Myanmar, and has shown commitment to identifying solutions for accredited education for out-of-school migrant students through funding of 13 NFPE centers in Tak.

The visit concluded with the commitment to establish a partnership mechanism to inform policy development for migrant education in the future between respective stakeholders and the DAE, and to promote data sharing, research, analysis, and policy development.

The event was written up in the Thai press (in Thai).

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