Statement on Access to Learning for Millions of Children in Myanmar: Learning Opportunities for Children [EN/MY] – Burma
YANGON, 27 May 2022 – As the traditional start of the school year in Myanmar approaches in June, millions of children and young people across the country are facing uncertainty about when and how they will will continue to learn.
The learning of nearly 12 million children and young people in Myanmar has been disrupted by COVID-19 and the current humanitarian crisis.
All children in Myanmar have the right to education as stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Child Rights Act of Myanmar and the on national education.
To realize this right, access to quality learning options must be rapidly expanded. To facilitate access to learning, the safety of children, their parents and educators must be protected. These include teachers, volunteer teachers, learning facilitators and education officials. Safe and unhindered access for the delivery of all humanitarian aid, including the delivery of learning materials, must be guaranteed.
Guided by humanitarian principles, UNICEF works with partners to provide additional learning opportunities for children by distributing reading books, including in ethnic languages; additional learning materials; and essential learning kits, combined with follow-up support to children and their families.
UNICEF is working with relevant stakeholders to help ensure that the most vulnerable children can learn safely, wherever they are.
UNICEF in Myanmar works within the United Nations system to protect and promote the rights of children enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF upholds the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, as well as do no harm and universality in all of its work.
Saw Wai Moe
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