Kachin State, Myanmar

Two Rabbits seeks to expand interactive, enriching, and culturally validating preschool to children affected by conflict in Kachin State, Myanmar.

Years of conflict in Myanmar, as well as the country’s political isolation, have cause many men, women, and children to flee their homes in search of safety.

Drawing from a young girl at a Kachin IDP Camp: “I want to go back to home and school.”

Delivering culturally-affirming education at any level has been a major challenge in Myanmar, due to political sensitivities arising from the ongoing conflict. The United Nations has encountered difficulty reaching certain populations in need, which means that solutions led by local communities and organizations have the most promise. At this time, 7,000 of the internally displaced people (IDPs)  in Myanmar’s Kachin and Northern Shan State are between the ages of 2 and 4. Access to quality education remains a challenge here, with primary school access reaching only 28% in 2015, and preschool enrichment and care reaching very few children.

We know that early childhood education is important to children’s healthy development, and particularly for children who have witnessed or experienced crisis. Children exposed to traumatic situations early in their life may never recover from the damage that it inflicts on their growing brains, unless they have enriching early childhood epxeriences that help them to cope.

We seek to meet this need by providing quality preschool education hand-in-hand with local communities. With support from the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Venture Incubation Program, we are exploring partnerships in Kachin State that will enable us to reach children there with a preschool education that is uplifting, joyful, and rooted in their culture and language.