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UNICEF congratulates millions of children of Myanmar and their families on their back-to-school day

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Yangon, Myanmar, 3 June 2013:  UNICEF congratulates the 5.25 million children in Myanmar, along with their parents and teachers, who have returned to primary schools today, 1.25 million of whom are entering the first grade for the first time.

Today UNICEF also does not forget the estimated 900,000 children whose right to education is undermined by poverty, conflict, exclusion and discrimination, as well as thousands of children living with disabilities and not yet included in education. “Fulfilling children’s rights to education is fundamental to developing the potential of every child” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Myanmar Representative.

The Comprehensive Education Sector Review, led by the Ministry of Education, provides an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul education in Myanmar, improve the good quality and make it accessible to all children. “The latest consultation held in Yangon last week illustrates the commitment and effort by the Ministry of Education to make the reform process truly inclusive” added Mr. Bainvel.

The reform challenge is enormous and many of its results will be seen in a few years only, however, it is important that today’s children benefit from immediate “quick wins”.

Last year more than 600,000 children benefited from improved education in more 5,000 primary schools thanks to the support of UNICEF and the Multi-donor Education Fund (MDEF), the largest partnership contributing to the education sector, which includes AusAID, EU, UKaid, Norway, and Denmark.

UNICEF is particularly proud to be supporting the education reform in Myanmar and to join the efforts of the international community – alongside international partners such as the MDEF, as well as Switzerland, GIZ, UNESCO, JICA, ADB and the World Bank.

 

For more information, please contact:

Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95-1-375527-32

Sandar Linn, Communication Officer, UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95-1-375527-32, slinn@unicef.org

 

 

 
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