Burma/Myanmar: Social Protection & Inclusion

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.

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Child Protection Safety Nets

Child Protection Safety Nets

At the beginning of 2015, PIN launched the "Child Protection Safety Nets Project," to address the issue of violence against children in upper Myanmar. People in Need established school-based and community-based child protection mechanisms to help communities report, refer and solve child abuse and exploitation cases. Together with the Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG), PIN was raising awareness and providing child protection training for monastic school staff, parents and community members, as well as local authorities at township level.
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

Social Cohesion Programme

PIN’s program in Myanmar began in early 2015 and seeks to address violence by working alongside communities, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and religious leaders in order to raise awareness and share the skills needed for harmonious living (stress and anger management, non-violent communication, critical thinking skills etc.). It is PIN’s aim to create opportunities for shared experience in order to increase trust and confidence, while lowering fear and stereotypes. The project mobilizes and empowers local communities, particularly women and youth leaders, to bridge divides and gain the skills necessary to find win-win solutions for issues common to all groups. With increased awareness and understanding comes the benefits of diversity and communities can begin to work towards solutions that build on existing, common strengths.
Support of civic and peace education in Kayin state

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.

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