“If you work on the farm, your work creates food. What can education give you?”
Until recently, education in the Middle Kayan Region of Myanmar was virtually inaccessible. Poverty, warfare, and lack of understanding about the benefits of education meant that most people didn’t go to school. Even today, only around 40% of Kayan children in the region are in school.
Mobilizing Myanmar, a research report commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explores the momentous transformation underway in a once-isolated country where cell towers are now sprouting faster than bamboo.
The National Network for Education Reform held their 2nd annual conference this summer in Yangon. The theme was “Education, Peace, and Democracy”, highlighting the foundational role education has in the present and future of Myanmar.