When children begin learning from a young age, they are more confident, are well-prepared to enter primary school and can communicate their thoughts with adults.
Plan International is supporting children to get the best possible start in life through our Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programme. Currently in Myanmar just 23% of children have access to pre-schools and playgroups, and these are mainly in urban areas.
In Rakhine State and the Ayeyarwaddy Region, Plan International is working with children in 21 villages from 0-8 years of age. These students attend playgroups where volunteer teachers help children to identify colours, learn songs, speak in front of a group and build a sense of independence. Lessons are focused on learning through play and develop children's confidence and social skills.
Plan International Myanmar and our partner, the Yinthway Foundation have furnished pre-schools and helped them to re-build after the floods that hit Rakhine State in 2015.
Parents are also being supported through parenting education sessions and home visits - chances for parents to learn how to help their children to grow and develop.
''The knowledge from the parenting groups has change my mind a lot. I realized that I should speak to my children more positively and really prioritise their health,” says Aye Phyu (41).
“Before I would just let my children run around in the field. At home, I used to shout at them. But that’s all changed.” Aye Phyu says, laughing, “Even my second child who is in the care centre tells me ‘Mom, you should wash your hands before and after you eat."