Quality Basic Education Programme

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The 2012-2016 Myanmar Quality Basic Education Programme (QBEP) supported the Government of Myanmar to improve access to and quality of primary-level education for all children. The programme aimed to ensure that national education policies and plans were inclusive and informed by data and evidence. The programme also supported the delivery of quality education services to children in 34 townships throughout the country.

QBEP’s top achievements:

  • The education systems and infrastructure necessary for delivering quality basic education were strengthened.
  • Evidence was produced to boost advocacy efforts and deliver quality basic education.
  • The number of children enrolling in primary education in the areas directly targeted by the programme increased significantly.

QBEP was supported by the Multi Donor Education Fund (MDEF), comprising Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Norway, the United Kingdom and UNICEF’s own funds.

Through QBEP, UNICEF helped implement a number of activities including:

  • Developing new and/or improving existing teaching and learning materials,
  • Training of teachers on standards for setting up and running Child Friendly Schools,
  • Developing materials and training packages for Early Childhood Care and Development,
  • Developing kindergarten materials to support ethnic language learning,
  • Conducting School-based In-service Teacher Education, 
  • Supporting the set-up and running of non-formal primary education programmes,
  • Providing schools with improved water sanitation and hygiene facilities,
  • Supporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps with temporary learning facilities, 
  • Helping to improve local level education planning.

Read QBEP’s Final Report in English to find out more. The Executive Summary is available in Myanmar language. Read our stories featuring how QBEP has been implemented across the country.

Building on QBEP

While QBEP formally concluded in June 2016, the remaining funds from the EU, Denmark and UNICEF are currently supporting a number of priorities identified by the Ministry of Education under the Building on QBEP (BoQBEP) umbrella, which include:

  • Finalizing  and disseminating of the National Education Strategic Plan ,
  • Drafting of an Alternative Education Policy Framework,
  • Conducting a study on Child Friendly School in-service teacher training,
  • Imparting follow-up training related to needs identified in the Capacity Gap Analysis,
  • Providing Kindergarten (KG) schools nationwide -  including monastic and ethnic schools - with KG kits.

During 2017 and 2018, BoQBEP will focus on Rakhine State to continue supporting school infrastructure, running of temporary learning classrooms in camps for IDPs as well as running non-formal-education and teacher trainings.

Watch: One Minute Junior – a series of videos produced by the students aged 10-14 years of the Non-Formal-Education Programme supported by QBEP.

Quality Basic Education Programme Pamphlet

This pamphlet outlines the QBEP programme, its geographic coverage and the results achieved to date (updated April 2015)

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No to Child Labour - Yes to Quality Education (Poster)

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No to Child Labour - Yes to Quality Education (Pamphlet)

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No to Child Labour - Yes to Quality Education (Note Book)

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