A series of political and economic reforms were undertaken by the newly elected Government of Myanmar (GOM) beginning in 2011. As part of these reforms, the government took a heavy hand in revamping the education sector by decentralizing administration, expanding the autonomy of universities, and encouraging private universities. In recognition of the swift reforms taken by the new government, Western donor countries increased their commitments for supporting reforms in Myanmar’s education. The rapid changes in the sector created a need for a renewed framework for outlining country priorities and a longer term plan for education reform.
IC Net teamed up with another Japanese international development consulting company contracted for this project to collect data on Myanmar’s education sector, including basic education, technical vocational education, and higher education. The team identified priority areas for each education level and produced recommendations on how the key challenges in the sector can be met. The team conducted fieldwork three times in Myanmar and visited stakeholders in the sector including government agencies, schools, and private companies. The project was used to supplement and support the successful completion of the plan outlined in the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), a report initiated by the Ministry of Education which identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s existing education system and prioritizes key areas for reform for 2012–2014.
See the final report on the project here.