RISE promotes the interests of Indigenous Peoples and children in Myanmar and their right to provide and access a culturally appropriate, quality education in their own mother tongue. The specific objectives of the group are:

1.  Promote Indigenous knowledge, language and culture.
2.  Ensure access to quality; culturally appropriate education for Indigenous Peoples.
3.  Engage community members and families concerning education issues in their communities.
4.  Advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in particular with respect to Indigenous knowledge and wisdom, language, cultural heritage and education rights.

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Rural Indigenous Sustainable Education (RISE) is an organization representing Indigenous Peoples across Myanmar.  RISE was established by a collective of Indigenous education focused organizations, which work together and support their own communities in remote, often conflict-affected areas across Myanmar.

RISE has developed from the Eastern Burma Community Schooling project, which has been supporting education in Indigenous communities in Myanmar since 2011.


RISE’s current activities include pre-service, in service and mobile teacher training, parent education and awareness, school management capacity building, provision of teaching and learning materials, facilitating education awareness raising events and deploying teachers to communities where schooling is not available.   We currently support over 2000 schools, 12,000 teachers, 300,000 students and 50000 parents.

Members & Partners

RISE’s Members (also project partners):
Bawinu Foundation (BF – Chin)
Eastern Naga Development Organisation (ENDO – Naga)
Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG – Karen)
Lahu Development Network (LDN- Lahu)
Centre for Rural Education & Development ( CRED – Shan)
Shannan Education Network Group (SENG – Kachin)
Ta’ang Student and Youth Union (TSYU – Ta’ang)
Zomi Development Foundation (ZDF – Zomi)                                          Supporting Essential Education(SEE – Kayan)                                      Community Develop Network (CDN – Pa-Oh)
Seh Theh Education Development Foundation (STEDF – Karenni)
*** RISE members are responsible for the overall governance of RISE and elect representatives to form the RISE Board.  RISE Members are entitled to pursue partnerships in RISE program activities.

RISE’s Partners are:
Karen Women’s Organization (KWO – Karen)
SJN-CBE Education Initiative (SJN-CBE – Kachin)
Disability Development Initiative (DDI – Chin)
Community Development Initiative (CDI – Zomi)
Karen Education and Culture Department (KECD – Karen)
Ta’ang Education Institute (TEI – Ta’ang)

We are grateful for the support from:
Adventist Development and Relief Agency(ADRA)
European Union
BKKee Foundation
DAK Foundation
European Commission
Myanmar Education Consortium
Planet Wheeler Foundation
World Education/USAid


Coming soon.