Burma: Overseas Aid:Written question - 1233

Asked by Valerie Vaz
(Walsall South)
Asked on: 04 June 2015
Department for International Development
Burma: Overseas Aid
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department provides to religious organisations in Burma for education programmes; and what conditions her Department places on such funding.
Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 09 June 2015

DFID supports the Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) which has the key objective of increasing the number and proportion of children who complete a quality basic education. MEC works with a range of Non-Governmental Organisations, including faith-based organisations, provided that i) the education services are available to members of different religious communities, ii) the project activities supported by MEC do not aim to proselytize or explicitly promote a particular religion and iii) the organisations do not engage in any action that could promote inter-communal tensions and where possible promote inter-communal peace and conflict resolution.

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