EU donated EUR 221 million to education in Myanmar

Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar’s Facebook page

European Union supported education in Myanmar with EUR 221 million to provide equal acesses to better quality education for all Myanmar students.

The donation ceremony was officially held on 21 March 2019 in the presence of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Finance U Tun Tun Naing and Ambassador of Denmark to Myanmar John Nielsen.

The attendees also included Union Minister of Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Planning and Finance U Soe Win, and officials of their respective ministries and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.

The speech at the ceremony was delivered by Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Education. He considered the donation from EU as an act presenting partnership and trust between EU and Myanmar’s government and also a sign that EU supported Government’s ambition on improving the education system in Myanmar.

He continued that Myanmar government has been improving its education since 2016 by increasing budget allowance for the education sector every fiscal year.

“So, the EU support will also supplement the Government’s investment in education” said Dr. Myo.

Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar’s Facebook page

Moreover, Kristian Schmidt, EU Ambassador who was born in Denmark underlined the EU’s commitment to assist education reforms and the value of education as a gateway for a better life.

“The EU is very proud to be Myanmar’s partner in reforming and improving education.

We believe youth in Myanmar deserves better schools and training to free their potential.” said the EU Ambassador.

With the contribution from EU, Myanmar will be able to strengthen the quality of education systems by developing the policies on education, teaching methods and assessment systems to assure that the students can have the better quality education in ethnic areas.

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