The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has been implementing major political and economic reforms since 2011. The Myanmar Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Policy was endorsed in 2014 signalling the priority placed on the early years of development. Against this background, UNICEF Myanmar commissioned The University of Hong Kong to provide technical support to the Yangon University of Education (YUoE) in administering the East Asia and Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS) in Myanmar. No measures of child development existed hitherto in Myanmar.
The main objective of this project was to equip the key ECCD stakeholders in Myanmar with a reliable measurement tool to assess the holistic developmental status of children from three to five years of age. A secondary objective was to work closely with the research team members in Myanmar to further strengthen their research capacity.