To offer a second chance of education to younger age group who missed the opportunity of completing primary education and who have never attended schools.
Implementing organization: Ministry of Education (MOE), dbe (Department of Basic Education), MLRC, UNICEF
Partner organization: UNICEF, national donors
Year of launch: NFPE was initiated in 2000 by MOE, and was reintroduced as an MOE/UNICEF joint project in 2008/09
Policy Support Mechanism: 30 years long term basic education development plan
Target Learners: out of school children aged 10-14 years
- The curriculum has been developed to cover the most essential basic learning competencies of the formal primary education.
- It is skills-based curriculum covering Myanmar, English, Mathematics and General Studies.
- The curriculum includes training on quality of life improvement focusing on income-generating activities and integrative workbook.
Duration: 2 years
Integration into formal Education/Accrediation Certification system
Level 2 completion certificate is recognized as the completion of primary education. NFPE graduates are eligible to join the secondary level of formal education.
Teachers’ Recruitment and Training
- Local persons who have interest in NFPE and have required minimum qualification are recruited as NFPE teachers. In a few cases, teachers from basic education schools take the role of NFPE teachers.
- Currently in each academic year, the training is provided twice in three respective zones for newly recruited teachers of extended townships.
Students’ Assessment of learning
- Performance in class work is assessed based on the accomplishment of integrative workbook.
- A terminal examination, level-end examination is conducted at NFPE centres at the end of each level by using level-end achievement test developed by the Technical Team.
- Regular monitoring and evaluation is conducted by NFPE regional monitors, township monitors and education officers of respective township.
- Field visits for periodic monitoring are undertaken by central monitors 3 times in each academic year.
- At the township level: NFPE launching ceremony, well-wishers donate cash, stationeries, etc.
- At the centre level, learners are provided with food, clothing, stationeries by the well-wishers and NGOs.
- Members of the Centre Management Committee take care of the learners’ welfare, security and transportation.
- More access to primary education for out-of-school children
- Opportunity to pursue formal secondary education after completing NFPE level 2
- Improving quality of life by achieving academic skills and psychosocial skills in NFPE
- Development of human resources
- Regular attendance of learners cooperation among NFPE partners
- Maintaining quality assurance
- Sustainability of the NFPE programme