Burma/Myanmar: Social Protection & Inclusion
Notwithstanding significant improvement in recent years, children in Myanmar remain vulnerable to their safety and wellbeing. Poverty, migration, cultural attitudes, gender inequality, ethnic conflict and communal violence, displacement and natural disasters are all factors contributing to the vulnerability. There are also a number of protection concerns for children in Myanmar, which include children without appropriate care, inappropriate treatment of children in conflict with the law, child labour and trafficking, and the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts. PIN is addressing these protection issues by strengthening Non-State Actors participation in building Child Protection Safety Nets in Myanmar.
Division lines along ethnic and religious adherence often run deep in Myanmar. With the recent upsurge in intercommunal violence in different parts of the country, exacerbated by various actors inside and outside the country, it has become difficult to address the underlying causes of violence and to provide people with knowledge and skills essential to achieving lasting peace. PIN works on building constituencies in support of a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society in Myanmar.
Empowered Youth for Mutual Understanding and Respect and Increased Tolerance
The project is led by PIN’s sister organization, PIN Slovakia, which has been assisting those deprived of human dignity and freedom since 1999. The project will be implemented by PIN’s partners in Rakhine, along with the Organization for Building Better Society (BBS), a Sittwe-based nonprofit founded in 2016 by experts in peace building, community development and humanitarian assistance. Importantly, BBS is a trusted local actor on the issue of human-rights reforms. BBS works on promotion of peace practices among different communities and empowers communities to fight poverty from the ground up.
Child Protection Safety Nets
In Kayin and Shan States to support increased child protection practices and case-management mechanisms, PIN works to increase awareness of community members on child protection issues, strengthen managerial, operational and technical capacities of the communities to establish mechanisms for delivery of preventive, protective and referral measures for children at risk and victims of child abuse.
Social Cohesion Programme
Support of civic and peace education in Kayin state
PIN’s project aimed at streamlining peace education and engaging pedagogy in the school curriculum and providing communities with tools for peaceful coexistence. PIN, together with local partners, supported teachers, community leaders, peacebuilders and human rights trainers in establishing skills and knowledge necessary to mainstream topics of civic engagement, conflict mitigation, human rights and peace. Awareness about human rights, tolerance and respect for fundamental freedom is necessary for strengthening the peace and enhancing the development of the target states.