Myanmar Has New Education Plan, But Not All Are Happy

Myanmar is launching a long-term plan to improve its education system after years of neglect under its former military leaders. The National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) aims to improve teaching and learning for all education levels, from kindergarten to universities. The plan runs through 2021. The plan seeks to extend basic education by two years […]

A National Education Strategic Plan for a prosperous, peaceful and united Myanmar

The first National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) was launched today in Nay Pyi Taw by Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Plan includes a common policy framework which sets the strategic directions for the next five years; a clear road map for guiding all investments in the sector, both domestic and international; […]

Two-Thirds of Disabled Children Not Enrolled in Formal Education

RANGOON — A joint report published by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has stated that Burma’s national education law needs to be amended, as two-thirds of the country’s 232,000 disabled children do not obtain a formal education. A 122-page report by Unicef and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement was launched in Naypyidaw on […]

Barriers remain to technology revolution: MCRB

Myanmar’s burgeoning technology universe is beset by risks that could threaten users, according to a new report on the information and communication technology sector by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. The Myanmar ICT Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) is the third report of its kind, after MCRB published two others concentrating on oil and gas […]

Yangon office rents fall by 20 per cent

Office rents in Yangon have begun to fall for the first time in four years as foreign firms adopt a wait-and-see attitude ahead of the election, according to a research company. New Crossroad Asia (NCRA) quoted Robin Aung Soe Naing, manager of Pronto Services, as saying that in early 2015 office rents fell by 20 […]

Yangon’s lost children

Fourteen-year-old Ma Ei Mon’s tidy hair and thanaka-daubed face belie her troubled past and confused reality: Barely a teenager, she could be studying at school, but she is already working and living far from home. Ma Ei Mon hails from Ayeyarwady Region. She was brought to Yangon by her aunt two years ago to work […]

Yangon rents retreat from sky-high levels

For expats in Myanmar, most of which are moving to the country’s business hub of Yangon, searching for a reasonably affordable apartment or office in the city used to be a nightmare. Because there are far too few new developments with condo units or offices and not enough existing living and working space at Western […]

Social welfare in spotlight as budget debate set to resume

A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan. Parliament is scheduled to begin wrangling out an allocation for the strategy on March 6, but MPs predict the chronically underfunded social welfare […]

No Quick Fix for an Ailing Health System

Ethnic communities have spent decades building vital services in the absence of government help, but there are now fears interference could result in their work being undermined. While acknowledging Myanmar needs help, Cynthia Maung is not optimistic that a $100 million (about 3.2 billion baht) agreement with the World Bank for essential health services will […]

Doing good in Myanmar is a murky business for foreign aid groups tied to powerful elites

YANGON, Myanmar – Staff hired to work with the U.S. government’s aid agency in Myanmar are preparing to move out of their office following revelations their landlord is a notorious former spymaster who oversaw the imprisonment and torture of thousands of pro-democracy activists. The debacle surrounding Development Alternatives Inc., a company contracted by USAID to […]