Myanmar Comprehensive Education Sector Review Myanmar Comprehensive Education Sector Review Ministry of Education

Myanmar Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR)

The vision of the CESR is to develop an education system that promotes a learning society capable of facing the challenges of the Knowledge Age and that it helps to build a modern developed nation through education.

Coordination Process

The CESR will aim to be an inclusive, participatory process that is led by government but involves a wide range of education stakeholders. Implementation of the CESR will directly involve a range of different ministries and departments that have an involvement in education, including Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MoSWRR), Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ministry of Labour (MoL), Ministry of Border Affairs (MoBA), Ministry of Defence (MoD), Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI), Ministry of Cooperatives (MoC), Ministry of Finance and Revenue (MoFR), Union Attorney General’s Office (UAGO). To enable government leadership of the process, a complementary programme of capacity development for government leads and participants in the CESR will run alongside CESR implementation.

It is recognised that all education stakeholders in Myanmar, including parents, students, communities, representatives of different ethnic groups, teachers, headteachers, education offices at the State/Regional and township levels, monastic education stakeholders, CBOs, academics and others; have a vital role to play in the review. The Rapid Assessment included a Stakeholder Analysis that supports a deeper understanding of the perceptions and priorities of these different constituencies. This provides a solid foundation for an Education Sector Plan that has broad support and ownership, as well as a starting point for establishing . and their and the identification of mechanisms for nationwide consultation on. ,

A wide range of Development Partners (UN, multilateral, bilateral, non-governmental and civil society organisations) are supporting financial, technical and coordination aspects of implementation. DP mapping as a part of the Rapid Assessment, alongside an analysis of current DP coordination mechanisms in Myanmar and in comparable contexts, is supporting the identification of effective mechanisms that should be put in place to ensure that DPs are in the position to give effective, efficient and aligned support the education sector plan.


  • ETWG
  • ECWG
  • Consultations
  • DPCG

The main purpose of the Education Thematic Working Group (henceforth the ETWG) is to advocate for and support the collaborative implementation and realization of Education For All in Myanmar, according to the obligations and responsibilities of the State, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).The main objectives of the ETWG are to provide a regular opportunity for open dialogue between key education stakeholders, line departments and donor agencies in support of the priority areas in achieving the Education For All in Myanmar;To provide a forum which facilitates and enables coordinated efforts for education development as appropriate and to promote and enable capacity building and sharing of technical expertise and good practice in support of Myanmar’s education system

There is a need for communication activities to be designed to inform the wider stakeholder community, including NGOs, CSOs and other education partners, who can provide informed support to the education sector if they are reached with accurate and up-to-date information on the outcomes of various CESR processes. Under the leadership of DG Myanmar Education Research Bureau, Ministry of Education, the Education Communication Working Group (ECWG) will be responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating & monitoring of communication interventions for CESR and Education for ALL under the Myanmar Education Communication Strategy and Plan of Action in collaboration with development partners.

Through consultative meetings, comments on findings and recommendations emerging from the Rapid Assessment were requested and received from education experts in each subsector. Critically, comments were also taken on board from various education stakeholders, including parents, community members, representatives of various ethnic and religious groups, those concerned with monastic education, community-based groups, international NGOs (INGOs) and local NGOs, DPs, Members of Parliament, state and regional Chief Ministers, state and regional Ministers, and political groups. Therefore, the Rapid Assessment report of the CESR Phase 1, published in both English and the Myanmar language reflects diverse opinions.

The Development Partner Coordination Group (DPCG) is a forum for the practical coordination of an array of development partners (DPs) in support of the education sector in Myanmar. The DPCG has a strong commitment to aid effectiveness, with DP support aligned to priorities owned and driven by the Government of Myanmar and relevant stakeholders. The purpose of the DPCG is to increase DP harmonisation, with a focus on results and mutual accountability.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee is the overall coordinating body and provides overall strategic steerage to the CESR in liaison with other relevant ministries and authorities.


Task Force

Task Force is responsible for the management of the CESR..



The Joint Education Sector Working Group consists of representatives of the government and several development partners.