Time frame should be set to reach 20% spending on academia: NCRWG

Thursday 29 September 2016

Children benefit from education in MyanmarAn appropriate time frame should be set to ensure national spending on academia reaches 20% of public spending, as prescribed by the Myanmar Education Law, enacted in 30th September 2014, according to the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG).

 The recommendation follows a recent meeting between the NCRWG and the Women and Child Rights Committee of the Upper House of the Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw.  

 “While it is widely recognized that an increase in spending is a precondition for a better education for children, it is furthermore critical that the right priorities and gaps are identified and addressed,” said Aye Aye, Advocacy Manager for Myanmar Education Consortium.

 “More spending needs to go hand in hand with good spending to be effective.”

 The NCRWG has also recommended that the government act as soon as possible on the development and implementation of a new National Action Plan for Children (2016-2025), and enacts child rights laws in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - as well as domestic laws.

 Dr. Mya Thaung, Member of the Upper House and Chairman of the Women and Child Rights Committee, believes the meeting with NCRWG was productive and it is also needed to expand stronger collaboration between Civil Society Organizations and government.

 “There are restrictions in terms of budget, communications and working with government organizations, due to their respective procedures and framework. But we hope that the laws such as child rights law and women protection law will be passed within this year.”

 Ni Ni Hla, Save the Children’s Head of Program for Child Rights Governance, believes the meeting was a positive step forward for child rights in Myanmar.

 “In year one of the new government term, the first meeting between the Women and Children Rights Committee and the NCRWG was an initial step to improve the rights of children and we will continuously engage with them for effective governance for child rights.”

 The NCRWG was formed in 2009 by Save the Children, World Vision and Pestalozzi in collaboration with 19 civil societies organizations with the vision of civil society working collectively to fulfill children’s rights. Today, the NCRWG is made up of over 50 NGOs and CBOs.

More information can be read here on NCRWG's Facebook page.