Education Thematic Working Group (ETWG) Meeting
Venue: Save the Children office (Salomon Building, 4th floor)
2nd November 2009, Monday (2-4pm)
Chair: Roz Keating (Save the Children)
1) Introduction and welcome from the Chair
The number of participants to the meeting was lower than usual. It is hoped that all members feel welcome to attend
these meetings and more will be done to reach out to more LNGOs
2) Re-cap of Last Meeting:
Meeting minutes reviewed and accepted.
3) Updates from the Sub-Working Groups. Most of the focal persons were not present at the meeting.
a. Basic Formal Education
b. ECCD – no meeting yet as there is still an ongoing discussion whether such a sub-group will stand alone, or
not; Yadana, from Braveheart Foundation is the ECCD focal person within the Myanmar NGO Forum (MNF)
and will get back to the group on whether there is a need or not for this sub group
d. Non-Formal Education.
The two meetings which have taken place so far how been focused on held both focused on discussion on the
definition of “non formal” education.
(Meetings are held in both English and Myanmar.) Next meeting: 25th November, 2-4pm LRC office
e. Education in Emergencies
f. School Construction
[Next meeting: Friday 20th November, 10-12am, JPG Hall, Traders Hotel, 10th floor].
4) Feedback on the teacher trainer conference
The conference took place during late October was organized by LRC, Pestalozzi Foundation, Pyoe Pin, Save the
Children and Asia Peace and Education Foundation (APEF). The event brought together 108 trainers from different
areas of Myanmar for two and a half days and it was the first event of its kind in the country. All of the trainers train
teachers in the primary sector in monastic, community schools and private schools. Participants were highly interested
in the content and activities in the content and activities of the workshop. One of the topics was education in
emergencies, a situation in which the majority of the trainers have not had experience in. Therefore they were
interested in DRR so that they could be prepared if future disasters occur. Ways to strengthen networking on
educational issues were discussed and the LRC will continue supporting this initiative.
5) Inclusive education presentation by Annie Bell.
A short presentation on the concept of inclusive education was given, followed by a display of pictures among which
participants were asked to select one or two, according to the idea of inclusiveness the image it conveyed to them.
Following this a discussion in groups encouraged participants to discuss why such pictures were selected and the ideas
of inclusiveness that came out of such comparisons and exchange. The key features of inclusive education were
identified as communication (high quality of information, provide feedback), mind set, inclusive space (ethnicity,
gender, status, etc) and making children/adults feel comfortable
Plan International shared their experience on their ongoing projects on school construction and ECCD. World Concern
on parents’ education experience; World Vision explained their NFE project focused on the 3 Ls: literacy, livelihood
and life skills, bridging illiterate street kids with formal schools or if children are older with job providers.
6) Ideas for CRC Day/Universal Children’s Day.
Information was displayed on different initiatives taking place in different countries. Participants were invited to share
plans and activities.
a. The Child Rights Working Group will conduct a country-wide survey on child protection and abuse. The
group is separated by the Child Protection Working Group but they may soon converge into one working
group lead by Save the Children. All the participants agreed on trying to arrange a co-meeting with the
CRWG and to update each about each other activities.
b. UNESCO highlighted that the new donors’ funding approach now focuses more on directly supporting
LNGOs and/or agencies which have a strong partnerships with LNGOs, CBOs, etc. For example in upcoming
Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) there is a separate grant window for local NGOs. The
MNGOs participation in the EWTG was underlined and the group asked Braveheart Foundation to advocate at
the next MNF meeting for their active participation and collaboration. Also information was shared that a
small donor fund is available from the German embassy for NGOs.
Next Meeting will be on Monday 7th December, 2-4pm at UNICEF, JPG Hall, 10th floor, Traders Hotel.
Meetings are the 1st Monday of every month expect in the month of January 2010 as it is Independence day.