She is mapping the landmine problem of Myanmar

Maw Pray Myar is one of the most active team leaders for an important survey on Mine Risks conducted for the first time ever in three States and two Regions in Myanmar
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Maw Phray Myar and her colleague is practicing using a GPS during MRE KAP training

Maw Pray Myar is a young Myanmar woman who has ‘no fixed goal in life’ except becoming a traditional singer.
While waiting for becoming a star, Maw Pray Myar has become famous as one of the most active team leaders for the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey on Mine Risks conducted for the first time ever in three States and two Regions in the South-East of Myanmar.
The KAP reportThe Myanmar Government officially launched the KAP report in November 2014. Some of the key findings show that:
  • 3 out 4 children interviewed have never received any information on mines - even fewer adults have received any form of mine risk education
  • 41% of men and women believe that prodding with the use of a bamboo, wooden or metal stick is a safe way to check for mines or explosive devices
  • Broader conflict drivers and poverty reinforce risk taking behavior. Access to livelihoods remains a concern overriding mine risks – 65% of the respondents reported accident which occurred during the collection of forest products

As a result of decades of armed conflict, Myanmar is experiencing some of the highest mine accident rates in the world, even though verifiable data is difficult to gather. Seven out of Myanmar’s 14 States are contaminated with landmines, and mostly laid along border areas by Government and ethnic armed groups, due to both previous and ongoing conflicts.
With ceasefire negotiations being under way, some displaced people are considering return but land mine contamination continues to pose a serious risk.
From February 2013 to June 2014, UNICEF  and its partner the DanChurchAid (DCA) conducted a KAP Survey on Mine Risks under the leadership of the Myanmar Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. The survey used faith-based and community-based organisations to collect data from 41 villages and over 390 households, including 390 interviews with children.
The results can help get an important overview of the landmine problem in the regions and states in question.

Tremendous leadship skills

Maw Pray Myar was working as a volunteer with the Kay Htoo Boe Social Development Association in Kayah State in Myanmar when DanChurchAid and UNICEF approached the community-based organization in February 2013. She was selected as one of the KAP survey team leaders, and excelled by showing tremendous leadership skills and expertise.

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The MRE KAP teams worked in teams of 2. One is doing the interviews, the second notes the responses.

Last January, Maw Pray Myar presented the findings of the KAP survey in front of 10 Government ministries’ representatives in a high-level meeting held in in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Daw.
The MRE KAP survey is ‘a kind of assessment through which we can learn about the beliefs on landmines and explosive devices’, Maw Pray Myar explains.
’It is good for the local population and I strongly believe that through this work accidents can be reduced and people can be safer.’
Apart from gaining leadership skills and knowledge on Mine Risk Education, Maw Pray Myar also made new friends from other parts of Myanmar: 
‘At first, I did not know anyone in the MRE KAP team, even people from my own state of origin, now the situation has changed and we are all very good friends’.