YEP for displaced youth and returnee refugees in southeast Myanmar .
NRC staff Myat Thu (21) has worked for NRC for more than a year as a dress making trainer. He is from Maung Ma Guyan village
Quote: “I like being a teacher, it’s my hobby. This course is good for the youths’ careers. Some are more talented than others. I like to come here every day and teach.”
YEP student Aye Su Hlany (24)
«I just started to learn dress making, it’s difficult to do the measurements.»
In 2013, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) started a vocational and life skills education programme called Youth Education Programme (YEP) for displaced youth and returnee refugees in southeast Myanmar. We work closely with community members to develop programmes tailored to their needs.
These projects aim at equipping youth with knowledge and skills to make safe life choices and give them stable ways to earn a living. Our education activities provide vocational and life skills training, through courses in dress making, food preservation, motor bike repair and construction apprenticeships, basic courses on basic business planning, marketing and accounting and basic education classes teaching literacy and numeracy.
In 2016, a total of 582 students graduated from the programme in southeast Myanmar.
Myanmar – the context
After fifty years of military rule, Myanmar welcomed a new era of democracy and reform with its first civilian elections in 2015. However, the newly formed government still faces the same issues as before.
Known as the “longest running civil war,” Myanmar has been tormented by internal conflicts led by ethnic groups struggling for representation since the country’s independence in 1948. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the decades-long conflict. Every day, people are being displaced by violence, leaving everything they own behind. Years of fighting have forced many to flee over and over again.
Since late 2011, the government has signed ceasefire deals with the majority of ethnic armed groups in the country, and in October 2015, the government negotiated a nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight of the largest ethnic armed groups. Still, some groups have refused to sign the agreement, and they continue negotiating with the government.
In addition to conflict, disasters and, increasingly climate change are forcing people in Myanmar to flee their homes.
In Myanmar, NRC helps displaced people and people affected by conflict through building disaster-resistant schools and wells, providing civil documentation, youth education and camp coordination. We have been working in the country since 2008 and all of our activities are managed from seven field offices within the Southeast Region, Kachin and Rakhine States.
We are working for people in Myanmar to have the right to education, work and property, so that they can live safe and independent lives.
Photo: NRC/Ingrid Prestetun
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