Myanmar’s population is now at a crossroads. Both national and local elections have been held, which were declared free and fair and heralded a transition to civilian power.
But, having being denied a voice in decision making for so many years, civic education is urgently needed to ensure people can call for the changes they need to live happy and healthy lives.
Young people in Myanmar
Having grown up living under an authoritarian regime, young people in Myanmar now have the opportunity to participate in their country’s future. They will need support to do so, and to engage with the democratic processes that will be so important if they are to build a peaceful and democratic future.
Young people will also need help if they are to access economic opportunities within the country. Most have had few chances to learn skills that are needed today by Myanmar’s industries – particularly those living in rural areas.
As a result, many young people are in insecure jobs and continue to live in poverty.
Our work in Myanmar
Working with the National Council of YMCAs of Myanmar, vulnerable young people – including those who are disabled or from sexual minorities – are learning to tackle discrimination as well as gaining the skills of a trade.
We help them to learn business skills, and link up with careers advisors and business leaders so they can make the most of their vocational skills.
As Myanmar is prone to emergencies such as cyclones and flooding, we also support vulnerable young people to help their communities prepare for natural disasters and reduce their impact.