9 September 2018
With the theme “Literacy and Skills Development”, Myanmar observed the 2018 International Literacy Day on 8th September.
Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi attended a commemorating ceremony, held at the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw.
In his address, the Union Minister said that efforts have been made with the aim for all who came of age (boys and girls) by 2030 to learn basic reading, writing and arithmetic as per Sustainable Development Goal-4.
He also pointed out that this year’s theme is to re-designate the literacy policy and for the government and private sector to cooperate toward establishing an education that is practical and innovative. It is consistent with connecting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to informal education indicated in the National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) (2016-2017).
According to 2014 census, 10.5 percent of the population in Myanmar, about 5 million, had never attended or dropped out of school for various reasons and are illiterate. Due to this, the Ministry of Education established Department of Alternative Education for out-of-school and lifelong education.
Through this, over 42,000 were given 3R skills which are essential and must-have in order to attend TVET courses and acquire technical and vocational skills.