The CESR is a collaborative partnership charged with the task of ensuring that Myanmar’s education system 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’. It is ensuring that there is a full and comprehensive understanding of the current status of education.The process is fully supported by Myanmar’s Development Partners sharing with the Government a commitment to the achievement of quality education for all within the country’s broader socio-economic development. To develop a comprehensive policy framework and a costed education sector plan, supported by the establishment of partnership mechanisms, will enable more effective and efficient mobilisation and use of resources for education and establish mechanisms for sustained stakeholder participation in the education sector at all levels.
CESR is an inclusive, participatory process that is led by government but involves a wide range of education stakeholders. Implementation directly involves a range of different ministries and departments involved in education, as well as a wide range of Development Partners (UN, multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organisations) that support financial, technical and coordination aspects of implementation.
All education stakeholders in Myanmar, including parents, students, communities, representatives of different ethnic groups, teachers, head teachers, education offices at the State/Regional and township levels, monastic education stakeholders, CBOs, academics and others; are playing a vital role in the review.
THE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
The Multi-Donor Education Fund (MDEF) is collaboration between UNICEF, Australian Aid, European Union, DFID (UK Aid), Denmark, and Norway. MDEF was set up to help accelerate the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals on basic education in Myanmar and is now committed to supporting the CESR process. MDEF addresses the urgent need for management in Myanmar’s basic education sector. It aims at improving education policy and systems, strengthening the quality of education at township level, and bringing more children into education. Other development partners outside MDEF are contributing to the CESR process. Their particular assistance is detailed below.