We women foundation

We women is a foundation that strives to achieve equality for various groups of people in the world. The foundation assists women, refugees, ethnic minorities, and disadvantaged groups with their questions, struggles and needs, as they are formulated within their own terms. Academic research is the first step in this process because it helps to gain insight into local beliefs, practices and ambitions. The key areas of We women's engagement include personal growth, social inclusion, (mental) health, education, and the encouragement of creative initiatives, with the ultimate goal of achieving equality for all. The We women foundation has been based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since 2010, where we...
May 6, 2013

Bawk Nu's Plan

BAWK NU

Bawk Nu is studying a Master of Management and Organisational Development Program at Assumption University in Bangkok.

She plans to complete her studies by the end of 2013. She hopes to submit her research proposal in June, and defend her thesis in early November. Students are required to implement a real Organisational Development intervention as part of the research thesis. Bawk Nu will do her research project with KWAT (Kachin Women Association Thailand).

After she completes her Masters, Bawk Nu intends to continue in the management profession as her career, either with profit or non-profit organizations. She would like to become a professional OD consultant in the future and work with many organizations, to share her knowledge and skills with leaders and managers. She has not decided yet whether she will be based inside or outside of Burma (e.g Thailand). This will depend on the local situation after her studies. However, Bawk Nu wants to help organizations and communities of Burma.

Finally, Bawk Nu thanks her scholarship sponsor, and the We women foundation for granting her with a scholarship, and providing other non-financial support throughout 2012 academic year: “Without your [We women] support I would not be able to pay for my study because my jobs in the past were mostly volunteer-basis and community service, and I did not earn a big salary. I value your support which has made my dream come true. I look forward to your continuing support which will enable me to complete my Masters degree.”

May 2, 2013

Well done, Min We!

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MIN WE is is enrolled  at Rangsit University north of Bangkok studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, ( 2012 – 2015). Here’s her account of the last semester:

“This semester, my first class was Man and Environment subject. In this class, I learnt about the interaction of human beings and the environment in daily life. The class provided us with a theoretical and practical approach. We went on a field trip to visit a Buffalo village. At the village, I learnt about traditional farming and the role of buffaloes on a farm. I also was assigned to do a research paper (by team work) which focused on farming and harvesting.

As a PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) student, Introduction to Statistic is a compulsory subject and of course it’s one of my favourite subjects. I like mathematics. I like calculating. Therefore, I found this subject very interesting and the lectures were also clear and easy to understand. Another subject I took in my first semester was Information Technology and its Application. This subject was one of the best subjects this semester. This subject was an introduction to information technology and it was very useful and interesting because everything that was taught in this class was new to me. I got to know about the components of computer system and software. I learnt about Internet and World Wide Web, and the basic of web design. As I’m using computer and internet everyday, this class is very important because I can now deal with my computer when something goes wrong and I also know more how to search for reliable sources on internet.

Beside my study, I joined the activities provided by Rangsit University. I participated in almost every activity; in the sport competitions I was one of badminton players but unfortunately we lost our energy so that we lost the competition. I enjoyed especially ASEAN Youth Camp. This camp was aimed to build relationship between ASEAN nationalities in order to build peace and raise awareness about environmental conservation. This activity was organized by Thammasat University and the participants were selected from the universities in Bangkok. I was one of the representatives from Rangsit International College.

To conclude, I enjoyed every class I took and every activity I participated. Moreover, for my grades I got 3 As, 1 B+ and 1 B. During my free time, I visited friends who study in different universities in Bangkok in order to keep in touch. I also do some exercises. I go jogging and play badminton and table tennis.”

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Apr 29, 2013

Ying Long's achievements

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Peer learning

YING LONG

Ying Long is studying a Masters in Educational Administration at Assumption University in Bangkok (2012 – 2014). We talked with her at the end of the semester and here is her account of her achievements:

Please tell us about this last semester, how did you feel it went?

“The courses I took last semester made me realize that I really need these skills in order to help my people. When I worked as a coordinator in a Boarding House for Shan refugee children, I had difficulties managing the staff and children, because I didn’t know the strategies of managing human resources. When I learnt about it in class, I began to understand how to manage and use HRM skills. I also learnt about different kinds of leadership styles and these leadership styles will help me be achieve better results when working in the field. Decision making skills and understanding the importance of communication skills will help me create a better educational environment as well.

I also learnt about curriculum development and implementation. This course made me to understand what defines a curriculum and that there are different approaches to develop a curriculum such as behavioural, managerial, systematic or humanistic approaches. I found new methods of teaching which I will be able to take back to Myanmar and use to improve education management in schools. Moreover, I have learnt the importance of analyzing teaching methods to improve teaching quality. In this course we learnt about researching teaching methods, teaching styles, teaching techniques and reconceptualizing teaching. This has given me a better understanding about what can be done by teachers and has made my motivation to improve our school system stronger.

What did you most like about your study so far? Are there any success stories or achievements that you would like to share with us?

I liked to study every subject that my university provided. Some of my classmates have their own schools in their country and they have a lot of experience and shared with the class. I have learnt a lot from them. When I become an educator I will know what I should include in my plans and what needs to be avoided. The experience from my peers is very valuable for me as I have never learnt from my classmate’s experiences before. By the end of this semester, I realize that I l have learnt a lot already. I am so excited to study my future courses. Also we had a chance to go on school visits and learn how schools are managed in Thailand.

How many students in your class? Where did the students come from? Do you like the way you are taught at your university?

There are between 17 and 27 students depending on the class. I met many friends from different countries and different nationalities. My classmates are from Cambodia, China, India, Iraq, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, The Philippines, Germany, Korea, Timor-Leste, Nigeria and U.S.A. All of my classmate are very friendly and help each other. I also learn a lot of about their cultures and countries. I like the way I learn in this university, because it was really different from how I learnt in Myanmar.

What difficulties and challenges did you face in your study? What kind of assistance would you like from us?

Everything is ok. But I would like to gain more skills and learn about being the administrator of a school. If We women can connect me with some school to do internship, it would be great.

How is your university life apart from study? When I started I was so excited and happy to be at university. I started to feel that the education system in Thailand (especially the international program) is very different from the universities in Myanmar. The way of teaching, the curriculums, the classroom structure and the students’ participation surprised me. In Myanmar, the instructor will teach and students need to listen only. Students can only ask questions when instructor allows. In my university now, the instructor gave us a lot of assignments and presentations. Students have to submit the assignments and do a lot of presentations about the subject we have learned in class. The instructor adds the information that students missed out or did not know how to explain. Doing presentation was my big challenge because I was very nervous to stand in front of people, but I have to make a presentation for every class. Presentations will be added to our grade, so I try my best. Actually I do not feel as nervous to give presentations in class now because have got more experience.”

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