INSIGHT TO CHILD POVERTY IN MYANMAR
Although Myanmar, as a nation, is benefitting from a growing economy due to trade and tourism, the benefits of economic growth have not been shared by many of the children in Myanmar. This is particularly true for the children of ethnic minorities, migrants, refugees and the very poor. UNICEF estimates that 42% of adolescent children do not attend secondary school. A disproportionate number of them are from minority groups in remote or very poor areas.
Throughout Myanmar, many unrelated and uncoordinated service providers operate support programs. Unfortunately, poor communication amongst these providers has meant a failure to create a synchronized and responsive network of services. At present there is limited organization in Myanmar that can streamline access to vital services to improve the community-wide referral system for At-Risk Children. The result is that At-Risk Children often suffer needlessly, with limited knowledge to contact programs and agencies that can provide aid.