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The Government of Myanmar has developed a 30-year long-term education development plan that incorporates the vision of creating “an education system that will generate a learning society capable of facing the challenges of the Knowledge Age.”

ICT, through e-education, appears to be recognised under this plan. The Myanmar Education Research Bureau, the agency responsible for non-formal education, has indicated that the following ICT in non-formal education objectives are included in the national plan:

  • increasing education opportunities through the use of ICT in schools and community learning centres (CLCs);
  • increasing the production of audiovisual and multimedia teaching materials for schools and CLCs; and
  • retraining instructors for effective use of ICT.

In addition to the Ministry of Education, which is responsible for the development and management of the education system, the Government of Myanmar has established the Myanmar Naing-Ngan Education Committee to co-ordinate education activities at the national level and to serve as the highest-level decision-making body for the education sector.

Myanmar is also a party to the e-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Framework Agreement, and accordingly, the government has formed a Myanmar e-National Task Force to promote ICT. The government also established the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Park in 2001 to promote private sector ICT development.