In all developing nations qualified teachers generally remain in cities and large urban areas. The schools in these locations usually provide greater remuneration and career prospects for teachers and provide better facilities than regional schools.
By comparison, in regional schools, teachers are often not qualified and English is their second language. Teachers are hired from Yangon on two-year contracts which include accommodation and return trips to Yangon annually.
The Indo-Pacific Plastic Recycling Revolution project will allow Saffron Aid to fund the employment of experienced English speaking Myanmar teachers for remote primary schools. The monthly cost per teacher is US$300. A teacher network will also be set up to promote communication and collegiality. The network will support workshops to introduce and embed leading practices in pedagogy.
It is planned that children will be assessed at the start of a program, using standardised English literacy diagnostic tests, and then retested periodically to monitor progress. Teacher skills can be aligned to standardised international teacher competency frameworks and used to promote dialogue between developing teachers and experienced members of the network.