Independent study on Non-Formal Primary Education activities
Project Title: NFPE Location: Myanmar Client: UNICEF Date: November 2015 – June 2016
As part of the one year systematic review of the performance of the Quality Basic Education Programme (QBEP) for UNICEF Myanmar and its Myanmar Multi-Donor Education Fund (MDEF) partners, Montrose is undertaking an independent study on Non-Formal Primary Education (NFPE) activities in Myanmar.
In Myanmar, an estimated 1.3 million children of primary school age do not attend school. There are multiple individual reasons accounting for this high rate of out-of-school children, but the underlying cause is poverty. Poverty creates a barrier to accessing education, not only in terms of a direct cost barrier but also in terms of opportunity costs with many primary-aged children having to work. The NFPE programme in Myanmar, specifically targeting 10-14 year olds, provides a second chance to gain a primary qualification by delivering an equivalent curriculum through an accelerated and more flexible model.
The purpose of this study is to provide an independent review of the process, effectiveness and causes for drop out from NFPE activities. The intention is to provide a clear understanding of the key constraints and to inform an on-going strategy to deliver a primary level equivalency programme. The study will first focus on a series of challenges identified in a 2013 assessment of NFPE and assess how these were responded to. It will also provide an evidence base to inform future decisions, including a specific study on the potential opportunities of outsourcing implementation to third party organisations. The intention is that this evaluation study will be used by Ministry of Education officials, MDEF partners, and UNICEF.