Germany funds capacity building for local NGOs
Yangon, 05 May 2006 – Today the German Government announced that it is providing 700,000 Euro (US$ 870,000) in support of UNICEF’s work with local NGO’s in providing life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention education programmes for out-of-school youth in Myanmar.
UNICEF’s programme will operate in 20 townships that are particularly affected by HIV/AIDS, and where out-of-school youth do not normally have access to alternative learning opportunities.
UNICEF’s programme will be implemented initially through three local NGOs and community based organizations in Myanmar, focusing on young people 10 to 17 years of age.
“The German Government’s donation to UNICEF will help improve local NGOs’ capacity to develop non-formal education initiatives to increase young peoples’ access to alternative learning opportunities. This in turn will increase their skills to make informed decisions and to protect themselves against threats such as HIV/AIDS,” said Dirk Augustin, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Yangon.
“This programme builds capacity of local NGO’s to involve young people out of school not only by educating them about lifeskills and HIV/AIDS prevention, but by fostering their ability to effectively contend with other difficult challenges life can pose,” said Elke Wisch, Acting Representative of UNICEF Myanmar.
Today there are approximately 330,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Myanmar. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among people 15-49 years of age is estimated to be 1.2 percent.
In addition to providing life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention education for out-of-school youth, UNICEF supports a similar in-school programme for children and young people in 1/3 of all townships in Myanmar. Over the next five years, UNICEF and its partners plan to expand this life skills and HIV/AIDS curriculum to every township in the country.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishes that children have the right to a basic education, health services, and protection from exploitation. Myanmar ratified the CRC in 1991.
Pe Tin Thein, Communication Officer, UNICEF in Myanmar