Thabyay Education Network

Thabyay Education Network's mission is to educate, develop, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and organizations who are change-makers in Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative learning, guided skills expansion and by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for the people of Myanmar.
Dec 2, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! Dec 2, Tuesday - New phase of EPOP

Result of EPOP
Result of EPOP's brainstorming session

Dear EPOP Supporter,

We at EPOP would like to say thank you for your contribution to our 5-year-old program.

During these 5 years EPOP served more than one thousand young change-makers in order to help them to reach their goals and to be prepared for applying to an international university.

Now EPOP is stepping into a new phase in its life as we are planning to extend our scope in terms of target groups and courses. This is the moment where EPOP needs you to make these changes happen.

The future of EPOP

The EPOP Strategic Meeting was held in November to deeply develop future action plans and solve the ongoing issues in which the program are facing and in need to be solved. Interestingly, the outcomes of the meeting were very collaborative, fruitful, and lots of agreements and plans have been made for future EPOP.

EPOP Team aims to serve people who are in need assistances to engage themselves to higher education as well as personal and community professional development for their future career. EPOP commits to provide its invaluable services where everyone can access even if they are marginalized groups from their community, society and the country by blended platform. EPOP is planning to develop more exciting and interesting projects for all positive change makers in the near future.

How can you help this development?

Microsoft’s YouthSpark #GivingTuesday campaign on December 2, 2014 is a great opportunity for us to raise fund for EPOP’s new developments in order to match your donation to Microsoft's matching fund. This 24-hour day of giving starts on December 2 at 03:00:01 EST (Find this time in your city) and ends on December 3 at 02:59:59 EST (Find this time in your city).

We look forward to welcoming you on our GlobalGiving’s donation page during the above mentioned period: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-200-students-from-burma-study-for-university/

On behalf of our students and the project team, we would like to thank everyone who supports us.

If you have any questions about the projector about our work, please do get in touch with EPOP.

With our best wishes,

EPOP

EPOP Team
EPOP Team's strategic planning
Oct 16, 2014

When a dream comes true

EPOP students sit the Final Diagnostic Test
EPOP students sit the Final Diagnostic Test

The last two months were very exciting for EPOP, due to the fact that our recent semester has just finished in August and we started the new one in September. 66 students completed our course between February and August (you can see the different locations on the map below); we received 150 new applications for the second semester in August and started it with 183 participants from Myanmar, from along the Thai-Burma border and from Cambodia on 15th of September.

In August we gave more than 200 Diagnostic Tests in order to measure the improvement of EPOP’s students and the level of English of the new applicants. We were also curious to know our students' opinion and feedback regarding our work, hence we made a survey at the end of the semester among the students who studied with us from February to August. We are very proud to be reviewed by beneficiaries of your support, let us share some comments with you.

"EPOP provides effective help in the improvement of English skills especially in terms of TOEFL score, so I found that it is very useful and effective for the learners who are eager to attempt it in order to apply to the international university or for those who simply try to improve their English level."

"EPOP is the most effective online course I've ever learnt with and it is very easy to join it. EPOP helps me to improve my English Skills and to discover many opportunities. EPOP shows me the way to my dream. EPOP is the best online course ever."

We would like to say thank you for the feedback and also for your support that made the EPOP program possible.

 

Successful change-makers in 2014

Until now two EPOP students dream came true in 2014 winning scholarships to the university in Hong Kong. One of them is a committed teacher from Kayin State who is going to study Social Sciences and Public Policy in order to fulfill her plans improving the quality of the English language education in her community, as she said:

"I envision the initiation of two plans in my hometown for the betterment of a developed society. Firstly, I would like to establish a better English language center providing scholarships to poor-talented students in order to learn proper English language skills at the English center that I am hoping to open. Secondly, I would like to open an accessible local library intending to support students with affordable materials and better learning methods, because in my belief the only way out from the poverty and misfortune of my community is standard education."

The second successful scholarship winner is from Mon State, she is most interested in environmental education, and thanks to her engagement and enthusiasm she will have the chance to study Education and Social Science. We wish her all the best to achieve her goals in the close future.

"My ambition is to build an education center, where students can learn not only English but also about social science, in my home town. I want to empower the students in rural areas to take part actively in environmental conservation programs. Therefore, it is a great support for me not only in my further education but also in my future career if I could choose an environmental education program."

Without your help and support they could not have made these achievements. On behalf of our students and the project team, I would like to thank everyone who supports us.

If you have any questions about the project, or about our work, please do get in touch with EPOP.

With our best wishes,

Matyas Benedek

EPOP Students
EPOP Students' location, 1st Semester - 2014
Oct 16, 2014

Continuing Support for Burmese Students

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 66,653 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 63,782 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 22nd August 2014, we had disbursed approximately US$ 62,776 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 18th April, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totalling approximately US$ 332.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 51 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Kham

Age: 22

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Shan

Subject Studied: Social Sciences Education (Greater China)

University: Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Award Amount: US$ 116

Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 2:

Name: Thae

Age: 22

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: Education

University: Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Award Amount: US$ 216

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 Future Plans

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:       www.thabyay.org   

www.arohanascholarships.org


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