Give Books and Education to Children in Myanmar
Educational Empowerment (EE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to an educational environment in Myanmar that improves children's future economic opportunites and affords them fundamental reading skills. With your help, libraries in rural kindergartens will receive a selection of Myanmar script children's books, locally produced and tailor made to meet the needs of these early readers. With your help, Burmese children will be introduced to the joy of reading and teachers will be provided the tools to promote active learning.
The challenges facing education in Myanmar are large and complex. Decades of isolation combined with limited access to development and low government investment in social sectors have resulted in a gradual decline in the quality of education, widening geographic disparities and inequitable access to primary education. According to United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 33% of school-aged children in Myanmar do not attend school and 70% of those who do are unable to finish at the primary level. Rote learning, as taught in the government schools, is the norm. Libraries are literally non-existent. Most children have never seen nor touched an age appropriate picture book. Educational Empowerment's goal is to promote a love of reading and increase intellectual development of students through the promotion of active learning. To achieve this goal, EE aims to provide culturally appropriate books for vulnerable children, promote access to books through development of community and monastic school libraries, and provide teachers with trainings and materials they need to be successful.
About Educational Empowerment
Partner since August, 2012
Educational Empowerment (EE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to an educational environment in Myanmar that improves children's future economic opportunites and affords them fundamental reading skills. Through partnerships with local Myanmar community based organizations, Educational Empowerment publishes books, develops libraries, and provides teacher training and learning materials. Through sister school relationships between Myanmar monastic schools and Bainbridge Island schools, students in both countries develop awareness of each other's languages and lives. Support of these activites is provided through fundraising and volunteer efforts. A relatively new non-profit, EE already impacts 3,000 children, teachers, and community members in Myanmar.