Joint media release
- Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
- Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
The Australian Government is extending its assistance to children in Myanmar, helping them to attend and stay in school and receive a better quality education.
Australia will provide an additional $71.5 million over four years (2017-2020) to assist Myanmar address barriers that prevent children from getting the education opportunities they deserve.
Of this funding, $51.5 million will support the Myanmar Government’s Decentralizing Funding to Schools Project.
This project, operated in partnership with the World Bank, will fund a teacher mentoring program and early grade learning assessments. It will also extend the successful school grants and stipends program, which has provided grants to over 47,000 schools and stipends to help over 158,000 disadvantaged children stay in school.
Australia will also provide $20 million for the new Myanmar Education Quality Improvement Program, which will assist Myanmar’s Ministry of Education to better monitor education reforms, improve management across the sector and implement Myanmar’s new National Education Strategic Plan.
Australia’s investment in education will give Myanmar’s next generation a better chance to participate in the country’s political and economic transformation.