Welcome to Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG)

The Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) is a community-based organization working to improve access to and quality of basic education for ethnic Karen children in Karen areas of Eastern Burma since 1997.

We do this by training teachers and school management committees, working with parents and communities, providing education assistance funds and materials for schools and working to help strengthen education administration structures in Karen areas.

In 2011 we began to share our model of working in Karen areas with other ethnic groups and helped develop a multi ethnic network of education actors. This network is now using the KTWG model to assist their own schools and communities across Burma’s indigenous areas.

Latest News

KTWG launches new film “Our Schools, Our Language and Our Future”

Posted October 20, 2014

The Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) launched its latest film “Our Schools, Our Language and Our Future” today in Yangon. The film investigates local education initiatives in communities across Karen areas of Eastern Myanmar. It shows KTWG’s work providing in service mobile teacher training... Read more ►

Key Karen Education Statistics

* Figures shown are for the 2013/2014 school year.

Brief synopsis of our programs

In Service Teacher Training
Our mobile teacher trainers (MTT) have been providing in service training for teachers in their communities since 2001. MTT visit teachers in schools, observe their classroom practices and provide support and feedback. Read more ►
Pre Service Teacher Training
The first Karen Teacher Training College opened in June 2004 as a training center for Karen youth interested in becoming teachers in schools in Karen State, Burma. A second campus opened to service southern Karen areas in 2007. Read more ►
Education Assistance (Karen State Education Assistance Group)
The Karen State Education Assistance Group was formed in 2005 to provide education assistance in Karen areas of Eastern Burma. Every year we provide teacher stipends, teaching materials, student learning materials and recreation equipment in schools across Eastern Burma. Read more ►
Multi-ethnic Network (Eastern Burma Community Schooling Project)
In 2011 as the political situation in Myanmar began to evolve, KTWG recognized the need to connect with other ethnic groups across the country. We shared our model of working in Karen areas with other ethnic groups and helped develop a multi ethnic network of education actors. Read more ►
Community Mobilisation
While visiting schools and teachers, our mobile teacher trainers (MTT) engage with parents and communities to support children’s learning and around education issues more broadly. Read more ►
School Management
Through our programs we support and help to strengthen school management. We do this at the local level by supporting head teachers and school management committees and by supporting the Karen Education Department’s (KED) education administration system. Read more ►