Myanmar
Location: Northern Hpa'An District
Project: Building Community Capacity for Protection of Child Rights
PARTNER: Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG)
Karen children and their parents have suffered from armed conflict between the Burmese Government and Karen armed groups for more than 60 years, in the world’s longest civil war. Now, with the national reconciliation process, Myanmar is taking positive steps. However, insecurity, poverty, poor road infrastructure, lack of quality education, health knowledge and care are prevalent in Karen State. And the lack of knowledge and awareness on child rights, protection issues and child malnutrition are serious concerns in Northern Karen State.

Project One:

Building Community Capacity for Protection of Child Rights

Goal of the Project

KWEG is funded by SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Non-profit Cooperating Program) grant through DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The goal is to build community capacity for Child Rights protection and the empowerment of children in Northern Karen State.

Through dialogue, exchanging of views and training, this project will:

 

  • Benefit 961 children (up to 18 years old) and 1,000 parents, teachers, community members and local authorities,
  • Form voluntary Child Protection committees and Child Clubs to promote and enhance child and community participation,
  • Attain 60% of children enjoying improved educational success,
  • Reduce cases of child abuse by 60%,
  • See 70% of families able to send their children to school.

Progress Update (Financial Year 2019/2020)

  • A new Child Rights Law was introduced by the Myanmar Government in July 2019, which included the key change to raise the age of the child in Myanmar from 16 to 18. Our partner has been involved in collective advocacy with other NGOs, encouraging the government to make this change in line with international Child Rights,
  • Child Rights awareness sessions were held with 2,191 participants (1,387 female),
  • 25 Child Champions (21 female) were trained in positive discipline by our partner. The Child Champions shared their new knowledge with 357 participants (279 females),
  • 1,467 people (883 female) in 7 villages aware of new Child Rights Law,
  • 539 children participated in Child Club activities, including peer-to-peer sessions where older children lead games, read stories and teach younger children,
  • 5 Women’s Groups, previously using a micro-finance loan system, were introduced to and implemented a Village Savings and Loan Approach with 65 members in total (all female).

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