Myanmar among top countries attacked in education sector

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Nay Pyi Taw, 13 September

Under military regime, Myanmar was among the top countries in the world where the education sector was attacked, according to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

Attacks on the education sector will be most common in three nations in 2022: Ukraine, Myanmar, and Burkina Faso, according to a statement issued on September 9, the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

In the past year, there have been more than 3,000 attacks on the education sector worldwide, with more than 6,700 students and teachers arrested, some injured, and some killed.

In addition, the statement said that there have been more than 500 incidents of attacks on schools as military targets by armed groups under the government and non-state armed groups.

“In Myanmar, the military council is attacking the education sector as the main target, and the education sector is under the most oppression,” a CDM teacher said.

In addition, he added that the current situation on the ground makes it difficult for students to study because of constant airstrikes, artillery shelling, and raids.

According to a CDM teacher, schools could not open owing to junta attacks, and the future of school-age children was uncertain.

According to a survey conducted by the Karen Human Rights Organization (KHRG), the military group carried out more than 24 violent attacks on schools in the southeastern parts of Myanmar during the coup, and more than 37 educational facilities were completely destroyed.

The KHRG also said that the regime’s violent attacks on education are getting worse every year, and it strongly condemns the targeting of schools as a military tactic.

Despite the attacks on the education sector, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing called on people to improve literacy in rural and remote areas in order to alleviate poverty and develop socioeconomic life.

According to Education Cannot Wait (ECW), 17 million Myanmar children are losing their access to education as a result of the conflict driven by the coup.

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Photo- KHRG

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