Project name: Early Childhood Care and Development in Yangon, Myanmar
Host partner: Department of Social Welfare, Yangon
Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s education sector
Project aim: To enhance the standards of early childhood care and development in Yangon.
Duration: 2004 - 2015
Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers from the SEED Institute as well as private childcare development centres in Singapore helped to upgrade the skills, knowledge and teaching methodologies of 229 Early Childhood Curriculum Development (ECCD) trainers in Myanmar. The programme expanded to include the Myanmar Department of Education and other key NGO players in the country’s ECCD sector. In addition, we set up a Resource Centre at Yangon’s ECCD Training Centre, complete with relevant books, audio-visual aids, and other low-cost training resources; as well as two demonstration centres, in Yangon and one in Mandalay, respectively.
In March 2015, the SIF and Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement published an ECCD Resource Book, to help educators in the development of curricula and lesson plans. The book was published in the Myanmar language and English and distributed to over 36,000 preschool teachers. The ECCD curriculum has since been implemented by different agencies and institutions in the country.