Emergency Support of Alen Bum IDP High School in Myanmar
By Ni Thaw and Ana
Access to education is extremely challenging in the current political climate in Myanmar. For example, a young girl named N-yat Nu Pan from Putao (Northern Kachin Land) faced a long journey to continue her schooling at Alen Bum IDP High School. With the help of her family, she had to pass multiple Myanmar military checkpoints to reach the school. The journey took two days, including overnight stops. Due to the deployment of Myanmar military soldiers at checkpoints along the road, she experienced fear and intimidation on her journey to access education.
For example, a young girl named N-yat Nu Pan from Putao (Northern Kachin Land) faced a long journey to continue her schooling at Alen Bum IDP High School.
After the Myanmar military seized the country’s power in February 2021, the closure of government schools and the civil disobedience movement within government mainstream education have led to a massive influx of students in the schools of areas controlled by ethnic organisations. In the Kachin area, the Alen Bum IDP High School also received an increased number of students from Grade 6 to Grade 11.
Child’s Dream and Alen Bum IDP High School signed a partnership agreement supporting Education in Emergency (EiE) needs for the 2021-2022 academic year. The support includes food supplies for over 1,500 students, partial stipends for 42 volunteer teachers, educational materials for teachers and students, and basic medical supplies for the students in the school clinic. This partnership addresses the needs of the internally displaced person (IDP) children from conflict-affected areas in Myanmar. Child’s Dream Foundation stands in solidarity with these marginalized children who face multiple challenges to access education in their local area.