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This project aims to improve community based early childhood care, child health and education through effective collaboration with public service providers and local and community based organisations across 44 villages in Demosoe Township, Kayah State, Myanmar. The project focusses specifically on women and children under the age of five, local teachers and healthcare providers living in the 44 isolated rural villages in Demosoe Township, Kayah State.
Nearly one third of Myanmar's population of 54 million lives below the poverty line. Kayah State in Myanmar is considered to be one of the poorest and least developed. Issues of extreme poverty, severe food shortages, prolonged internal armed conflicts, restricted healthcare services, limited hygiene facilities and lack of basic education underlie many of the problems faced by people living in Myanmar, particularly women and children.
Government spending on health and education combined in Myanmar is estimated at 1.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) – one of the lowest in the world. This means only 30 per cent of children have access to pre- school services, and after pre-school, children in Myanmar spend only four years in education.
To ensure children living in the 44 villages of the Demosoe Township have improved access to community based early childhood care, education and health, CARE collaborates with local authorities, local partners and other stakeholders such as the Department of Social Welfare, Village Development Committee and Parent Core Groups to deliver the following activities.
Establish community-based childcare services for early childhood development
Improve community awareness around the Convention on Rights of Children (CRC)
Strengthen health facilities, increase awareness around child health issues, increase immunisation coverage, and reduce child malnutrition
Strengthen the primary school system
There have been a range of positive project impacts since the last reporting period in the following areas:
Access to education
Access to healthcare and improved sanitation practices
Established government and local district partners continue to implement Strengthening Early Childhood Education project activities within the 44 villages.
CARE Australia routinely assesses progress on all areas of the Strengthening Early Childhood Education project and reports regularly to assist in making recommendations on any identified areas requiring improvement or adjustment.
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