Founded in 1947, the Karen Education and Culture Department (KECD) provides education access to the Karen children and youth in Southeast Burma by working closely with the community teachers, leaders, parents and educational administrators at the district, township, and school levels. KECD administers schools in the seven districts under the administration of the Karen National Union (KNU): Doo Tha Htu, Taw Oo, Kler Lwee Htu, Mergui Tavoy, Mu Traw, Doo Pla Ya, and Hpa An.

Our Beneficiaries

With the help from donors and community, in 2023-2024 academic year, KECD provided education services to:

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1,233 Schools

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7,946 Teachers

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109,313 Students


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Quality: with improving teacher competencies and learning outcomes through regular teacher training and mentoring, and continual curriculum development.

Quantity: with 2,148 children successfully completing their high school education since 2013.

Legitimacy: with wider and stronger networks with our communities, other ethnic nationalities of Burma, including the resettled diaspora, and international organizations and donors.


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Funding: with increasingly unsustainable funding.

Recognition: with a continuing lack of official legitimacy from the Burmese government. This is despite the strong recognition and partnerships with our communities and other ethnic nationalities in Burma and abroad, as well as international organizations and donors.

Capacity: with ongoing efforts to address needs in organizational development and our human resources.