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.
May 28, 2015

EPOP's program of TOFEL ITP preparation

Students
Students' visit to EPOP office

We at Thabyay Education Foundation would like to express our deep gratitude for your support the Exam Preparation Outreach Program's (EPOP’s) project, 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on Global Giving.
EPOP is on process of March-August 2015 period with the series of three courses namely Academic English 1 & 2, TOEFL ITP exam preparation. Starting this year, EPOP received a total of 149 new applications which proposed to join the online TOFEL Preparation courses. Students are administered the Final Diagnostic Test (FDT) both in Thailand and Myanmar in the month of March 2015. The students form Cambodia continued their course as AE1 & 2 and TOFEL ITP this year.
Currently, EPOP is handling 185 students joining online courses. A total of 28 students sit the TOFEL ITP exam in the month of April 2015 to enforce their further study. After midterm evaluation of diagnostics test, some students will be informed to sit the TOFEL ITP in future months.
Here is the comment from the EPOP graduate students;
Finally, I got a scholarship and I am now a Master of English Language Teaching student in Assumption University, Thailand. I have never dreamed of to attend the international university. EPOP has opened many doors for me. I arrive here with the supports of EPOP. Being a Master student, the academic writing and listening skill that I have learned from EPOP are helping me a lot. Thanks so much EPOP. I am not here without you. “Said by “Ei” from Kayin State, Myanmar.
Now I got the higher TOFEL scores after joining with EPOP since last year. I am so happy and feel confident to apply the scholarship for my further studies in abroad. I am really thank you EPOP Team, who made me this achievement” said by “Thai” 19 years old engineering student.
Without your help and supports they could not have made these achievements. On behalf of our students and the project team, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who supports our programme.
We are looking forward with great enthusiasm and accomplishment of EPOP students from various locations from Myanmar, Thailand-Myanmar border area and Cambodia.
If you have any questions about the project, or about our work, please do get in touch with EPOP.
Thank you for your support!
With our best wishes,
Khin Ma Ma Latt
Program Manager (TeP/EPOP)

Sitting Final Dignostics Test
Sitting Final Dignostics Test
Consulting with Senior Program Manager of SSS
Consulting with Senior Program Manager of SSS
May 5, 2015

One student supported to attend IELTS preparation

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.

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 65,275 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 6th March 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 64,129 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

Since the last report on 6th March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 90.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 58 awards enabling 48 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 22 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 25, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

 The award recipient was as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Min

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Mon

Subject Studied: IELTS Preparation   

University: Kant Kaw Education Center

Award Amount: US$ 90

Award Type: Partial scholarship

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

 Min came from a nuclear family consisting only of her mother, father and two sisters. He had completed matriculation exam in 2007 and graduate bachelor degree in 2013 majoring in English. Min did a lot of work including both paid jobs and unpaid in history and onwards. He had also volunteered for Mon Conversation Club (MCC) in Yangon where he involved as an education team coordinator, assisted in fundraising and culture exchange, coordinated and facilitated reading club and conversation club with around twenty participants and taught general English to young adults. Moreover, he taught as well for Kayin University students group in Kayin state in 2012.  

 Min was so excited to get a partial support from Thabyay Education Foundation to attend the IELTS preparation. In his own word “I want to set up a well education system and worth social status. In specific, I am working for Myanmar’s relationships as an ambassador with the international countries”. 

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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Mar 17, 2015

At the crossroads of two semesters

EPOP Timeline - 2014
EPOP Timeline - 2014

We at Thabyay Education Foundation would like to express our deep gratitude for your support the Exam Preparation Outreach Program's (EPOP’s) project, 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on GlobalGiving.

During 2014, EPOP served 373 students with its three courses (Academic English 1 & 2, TOEFL ITP exam preparation), provided 121 certificates for students having completed EPOP courses and 130 Official TOEFL ITP exams of which students received official transcripts usable for university entrance. More than 50% of the participants received financial aid regarding course fee and learning materials in 2014, following EPOP’s earlier developed standards.

Parallel to this, EPOP reached so far every state and region in Myanmar, except for Magway region, which result shows - compared to 2013`s result - a great progress. EPOP is keen to keep this élan on the same level in 2015 as well to deliver its services to the marginalized groups in each and every state and region.

In September the second semester started with 186 participants. All students had the chance to measure their progress acquired since the beginning of the course, hence EPOP team arranged midterm diagnostic tests in Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia at the beginning of December. Based on their final diagnostic tests' results taken at the beginning of March EPOP is going to give them TOEFL ITP exam in April, 2015.

We are looking forward with great enthusiasm to starting the new semester at the end of March, due to the more than 140 new applications that we received from various locations from Myanmar and from the Thailand-Myanmar border area.

Thank you for your support!

We would sincerely like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year.

With our best wishes,

Matyas Benedek

EPOP student receives his TOEFL ITP certificate
EPOP student receives his TOEFL ITP certificate
EPOP test takers
EPOP test takers
EPOP students sit an EPOP English Test
EPOP students sit an EPOP English Test
EPOP students
EPOP students' location in 2014

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