Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It takes a village…



When children live in conflict affected areas or in camps for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), their education will be one of the first things to be compromised. But when communities and local officials realize the future of those vulnerable children can be brighter through education, then it will be possible to keep children learning even in difficult circumstances.  

Grade 4 IDP children, originally from Zup Mai Yan village of Ingyanyan Township, learning Geography at Tang Hpre IDP camp, Kachin State on 15 November 2018.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/ Nyan Zay Htet
By Fre Yilma

In Kachin State, following the conflict in April 2018, children from villages in Njang Yang Township, including students and teachers from Zup Mai Yang village, took shelter in Tang Hpre IDP camp. Initially, the children were not able to start the 2018-2019 academic year. However, with the collaboration of the local community, State Parliamentarians and district education authorities children like Hkun Mai are now able to learn within the camp.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Going blue for children in Myanmar

By Htet Htet Oo

Every year, 20th November, marks the day when the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was adopted. In Myanmar, this year, children and adolescents took centre stage making it a day ‘for children, by children’. From the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, to Mandalay Region and Rakhine State, children and adolescents urged adults to recognise their rights and to hear their concerns and aspirations. Here are some of the voices of children and adolescents that UNICEF and the Department of Social Welfare helped to elevate throughout the country.

U-Reporters at the Union Parliament singing 'We Are the World' in Burmese
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/Nyan Zay Htet

Monday, October 29, 2018

Executive Directors and Board members from six UNICEF National Committees visit Myanmar

From 21-23 October 2018, Executive Directors and senior Board members from six UNICEF National Committees from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Spain, visited UNICEF’s programmes in Myanmar to understand how UNICEF is supporting the Myanmar Government to meet the needs of children in the country. Their visit included both development and humanitarian programmes to understand first-hand what it means to be there for every child, no matter what their ethnicity, community, religion or language.

Executive Directors and Board Members of six UNICEF National Committees together with UNICEF Myanmar Representative and staff at U Thant (3rd UN Secretary General) House Museum, Yangon Myanmar 
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/Fre Yilma

Friday, September 21, 2018

ကေလးသူငယ္ေနေပ်ာ္ေက်ာင္းမ်ား၏ သင္တန္းမ်ားက ကၽြန္မ၏ သင္ျပမႈစြမ္းရည္မ်ားကို တိုးတက္ေစခဲ့

By Tin Shwe

ဘူးသီးေတာင္၊ ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္၊ ၇ စက္တင္ဘာ ၂၀၁၈ -  ျဖဴေႏြမိုးသည္ ဘူးသီးေတာင္၊ အမွတ္(၂) အေျခခံပညာအထက္တန္းေက်ာင္းတြင္ ဒုတိယတန္း၊ လက္ေထာက္ဆရာမအေနျဖင့္ ဆယ္ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ တာ၀န္ထမ္းေဆာင္ခဲ့သူ ျဖစ္သည္။

၂၀၁၈ ခုႏွစ္မတုိင္မီထိ ျဖဴသည္ ဆရာ၊ဆရာမမ်ားကို အဓိကထားေသာ နည္းလမ္းျဖင့္သင္ၾကားပုိ႔ခ်ခဲ့ၿပီး ဆရာမတစ္ဦးအေနျဖင့္ သူမကိုသူမ ပုိမိုအဓိကထားေသာ ေဆာင္ရြက္ခ်က္မ်ားေပၚတြင္ အာရံုစိုက္ခဲ့သည္။ သုိ႔ေသာ္လည္း ယခုႏွစ္တြင္ သူမအတန္းအတြက္ ပညာေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာနက သင္ရိုးသစ္ကုိ စတင္ မိတ္ဆက္လိုက္ေသာအခါ သူမသည္ ျခားနားခ်က္ကုိသတိျပဳခဲ့မိသည္။ သင္ရိုးသစ္တြင္ ဆရာ၊ ဆရာမမ်ားက အတန္းသင္ခန္းစာမ်ားႏွင့္ သင္ၾကားမႈပစၥည္းမ်ား ျပင္ဆင္ရာတြင္လည္းေကာင္း၊ အတန္း ေလ့က်င့္ခန္းမ်ားတြင္ တပည့္မ်ား တက္ၾကြစြာပူးေပါင္းပါ၀င္မႈတြင္လည္းေကာင္း ေတာင္းဆိုမႈမ်ား မ်ားျပားလာသည္။ 

 စီအက္ဖ္အက္စ္နည္းလမ္းကိုသံုး၍ ဒုတိယတန္းေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအား ဆရာမ ျဖဴေႏြမိုးမွ သင္ၾကားေနပံု
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/Tin Shwe
ဂ်ပန္အစိုးရ၏အေထာက္အပံ့ျဖင့္ ယူနီဆက္ဖ္က ကူညီပံ့ပိုးေသာ အေျခခံပညာဦးစီးဌာနက ဖြင့္လွစ္သည့္ ကေလးေပ်ာ္ေက်ာင္းမ်ား(စီအက္ဖ္အက္စ္)သည္ သင္ရိုးသစ္သုိ႔ေျပာင္းလဲျခင္းျဖင့္  ဆရာ/ဆရာမမ်ားကို ကူညီရန္ ရည္ရြယ္သည္။ ဘာသာစကား ကံုလံုၾကြယ္၀ေရးအစီအစဥ္ႏွင့္ ေပါင္းစပ္ထားေသာ ဤသင္တန္းက မိခင္ ဘာသာစကားသည္ ျမန္မာစကားမဟုတ္ေသာ ကေလးမ်ားကို ပုိမုိ အေထာက္အကူျဖစ္ေစရန္ ဆရာ/ဆရာမမ်ားကို ပံ့ပုိးကူညီေပးသည္။

ဆရာမ ျဖဴသည္ ဤသင္တန္းအတြက္ အျခားဆရာ/ဆရာမ ၈၀၀ ေက်ာ္ႏွင့္အတူ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခံရျခင္းအတြက္ အလြန္ စိတ္ရႈပ္ရွားေနသည္။ “ဒီကေလးေပ်ာ္ေက်ာင္းမ်ာ းသင္တန္းက ဆရာ/ဆရာမေတြအတြက္ေကာ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြအတြက္ပါ အလြန္သက္ဆုိင္ၿပီး အက်ိဳးရွိပါတယ္။” လို႔သူမကေျပာပါတယ္။ “ပိုေကာင္းတဲ့ သင္ျပနည္းတစ္ခုကို ကၽြန္မတုိ႔ကို ျပေပးခဲ့တယ္။ ဒီနည္းက ကၽြန္မတုိ႔ရဲ႕ ကၽြမ္းက်င္မႈကို တည္ေဆာက္ေပးၿပီး ကေလးေတြကိုလည္း တစ္ေယာက္ဆီက တစ္ေယာက္ပိုၿပီး သင္ယူလာႏိုင္ေစတယ္။ ကေလးေတြ ပုိေပ်ာ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုနည္းနဲ႔ အတန္းစည္းလံုးညီညြတ္မႈကို ပုိမိုျမွင့္တင္ေပးၿပီး အဖြဲ႕တစ္ဖြဲ႕အေနနဲ႔ အတူတကြ စုေပါင္းလုပ္ကိုင္လုိစိတ္ ေပးစြမ္းတာကို ကၽြန္မေတြ႔ရပါတယ္။”

ဤစီအက္ဖ္အက္စ္နည္းလမ္းကို ကနဦးစသံုးစဥ္တြင္ ၄င္းနည္းလမ္း၏ အခက္အခဲမ်ားရွိခဲ့ၿပီး အဓိကအားျဖင့္ သင္ခန္းစာတစ္ခုခ်င္းစီကို စီစဥ္ရန္ႏွင့္ သင္ၾကားမႈပစၥည္းမ်ားေဖာ္ေဆာင္ရန္ လိုအပ္ခ်ိန္ႏွင့္ သက္ဆုိင္ပါသည္။ ဆရာမျဖဴသည္ ဤသင္တန္းမွတဆင့္ ထုိျပႆနာမ်ားကို ေျဖရွင္းႏိုင္ခဲ့သည္။ “ပထမဆံုး ေဒသတြင္းရႏိုင္တဲ့ သင္ၾကားမႈပစၥည္းေတြကို စုစည္းၿပီး သင္ေထာက္ကူပစၥည္းေတြျဖစ္ေအာင္ အရင္လုပ္ဖို႔ လိုတယ္၊ ကၽြန္မရဲ႕သင္ခန္းစာေတြကို လံုလံုေလာက္ေလာက္ စီစဥ္ရမယ္ဆုိတာကို ကၽြန္မနားလည္ သြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။” ဒီနည္းလမ္းသစ္သည္ တပည့္မ်ားအေပၚတြင္ ပုိမိုစိတ္ရွည္ရန္လုိအပ္ေစသည္။

ဆရာမျဖဴက သင္တန္းၿပီးေနာက္ သူမ၏ သင္ျပမႈစြမ္းရည္တိုးတက္လာေၾကာင္းကုိ သတိျပဳမိခဲ့သည္။ အထူးသျဖင့္ ပုိမိုတိက်ေသာ ဘာသာရပ္မ်ားကို လြယ္ကူစြာနားလည္ႏုိင္ေစရန္ ယခုအခါ သူမ၏တပည့္မ်ားကို သူမကူညီႏုိင္ၿပီျဖစ္သည္။ “သံသယျဖစ္ဖြယ္မရွိပါဘူး” ဟုသူမကေျပာခဲ့သည္။ “ဒီသင္တန္းက ကၽြန္မကိုအေရးပါတဲ့ အုတ္ျမစ္ေပးခဲ့တယ္ဆုိတာ၊ ဒီအေျခခံအုတ္ျမစ္ေပၚကေန ကၽြန္မရဲ႕စြမ္းရည္ေတြကို ဆက္လက္ တည္ေဆာက္သြားခ်င္ပါတယ္။”

Child Friendly Schools’ training greatly improved my teaching skills

By Tin Shwe

Buthidaung, Rakhine State, 7 September 2018 - Phyu Nway Moe is a Grade 2 Assistant Teacher who has worked at the Basic Education State High School (2) in Buthidaung for more than 10 years. 

Up until 2018, Phyu taught a ‘teacher-centred’ method in her class, focusing activities more on her as the teacher. However, when the Ministry of Education introduced a new curriculum for her class this year, she noticed a difference in which the new curriculum increases demands on both teachers, in the preparation of classes and teaching materials, and pupils, in their active participation in class exercises.

Phyu Nway Moe teaching her her Grade 2 students using the CFS method 
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/Tin Shwe
The Child Friendly Schools (CFS), provided by the Department of Basic Education with support from UNICEF through the funding from the Government of Japan, is aimed to help teachers through this transition to the new curriculum. The training is also combined with the Language Enrichment programme, to help teachers working with children whose mother tongue is not Myanmar.

Phyu was very excited to be selected in July with more than 800 other teachers for the training. “The Child Friendly Schools training is actually very relevant and beneficial for both teachers and students,” she said. “It showed us an improved method of teaching which builds our skills and enables children to learn more from each other. They are much happier. I can see that this will enhance class unity and give us a sense of working together as a team.” 

Applying the CFS method initially had its own challenges, mainly relating to the time needed to plan each lesson and materials to be developed. Phyu managed to resolve these issues through the training. “I realized that I needed to first gather materials which were available locally to make my teaching aids, and to adequately plan my lessons. The new method also requires us to be more patient with our students.” 

Phyu has noticed how her teaching skills have improved following the training particularly as she can now help her students easily understand more specific subjects. “There is no doubt,” she said, “the training has provided me with an important foundation upon which I want to continue to build my skills.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

On World Cleanup Day, UNICEF Sittwe Office organizes environmental action for children

By Chris Schuepp

SITTWE, RAKHINE STATE, 15 September 2018 - The UNICEF Field Office in Sittwe, Rakhine State, organized a significant clean-up of the local beach on World Cleanup Day 2018. More than 300 participants from UNICEF, people in the local community and international partners in Sittwe and came together during the weekend to clean a six kilometre stretch of beach in the capital of Rakhine State.


“Supporting the provision of clean and safe areas for children is one of our priorities. We set a sign by inviting our partners and the community in Sittwe to join us on World Clean-up Day and translate our words into action together,” said Mandie Alexander, Chief of Field Office for UNICEF in Sittwe. “We are grateful for the support from the local municipality in the proper disposal of the garbage we collected on the beach.”

Participants in the clean-up found vast amounts of plastic waste, bottles and household goods on Sittwe beach. 


“This is just the beginning. We would like to change people’s approach to environmental issues on a bigger scale. It was great to see so many people come together, from different organizations, different nationalities and the local population. This is what a group effort is all about,” said Andreas Indregard, Senior Advisor in Rakhine for United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Myanmar. 

“We are happy to see the children who joined us on the beach and helped in clearing their neighbourhood. It is their future we are working for and to do this hand in hand with them is very important for us,” said Kris Cahyanto, UNICEF WASH Specialist in Sittwe. The 2018 World Clean-up Day activity in Sittwe was initiated by the UNICEF WASH team in Rakhine.

Monday, September 3, 2018

မိခင္ႏွင့္ကေလးျပဳစုေစာင့္ေရွာက္မႈ အသိပညာမ်ားေပးျခင္းျဖင့္ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္၊ ေက်းလက္ေဒသမ်ားရွိ ကေလးသူငယ္မ်ားထံ ေရာက္ရွိျခင္း

*အလက္စ္ဇႏၵာ၀င္းေရးသာသည္

မဂ်ီးဆိပ္၊ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ - ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္၊ ေတာင္ႀကီးၿမိဳ႕ကို မိခင္နွင့္ကေလးက်န္းမာေရး ျပႆနာဆုိင္ရာ အခ်က္အလက္ေတြေကာက္ယူဖုိ႔ ခရီးသြားခဲ့တဲ့ ယူနီဆက္ဖ္အဖြဲ႕၀င္တစ္ေယာက္အေနျဖင့္ ကၽြန္ေတာ့္ရဲ႕ အဓိကတာ၀န္ကေတာ့ ေဒသဆိုင္ရာ က်န္းမာေရးအဖြဲ႕မ်ား၊ မိခင္မ်ားနွင့္ ကေလးမ်ားကို ေတြ႔ဆံု ေမးျမန္းျခင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေတာင္ႀကီးကေန အင္းေလးကန္ကို တစ္နာရီၾကာ ကားနဲ႔သြားေရာက္ၿပီး ေနာက္ထပ္ မိနစ္ေလးဆယ္ ေလွစီးၿပီးတဲ့အခါမွာေတာ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔အဖြဲ႕ဟာ မဂ်ီးဆိပ္လို႔ေခၚတဲ့ ရြာေလးမွာရွိတဲ့ ယူနီဆက္ဖ္က ေထာက္ပံ့ထားတဲ့ အစိုးရက်န္းမာေရးေဆးခန္းကို ေရာက္ရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။

The local health team standing outside the health office receiving UNICEF health team in Magyi Seik village, Shan State.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2018/Alexander Win