Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:
Imagine living in a country where it was virtually impossible to access high quality, affordable education. Imagine that 30-50% of the population of this country lived in extreme poverty, and that education was a key factor in bringing desperately needed development to marginalized communities. This is the situation in Burma today.
Thabyay Education Network (TEN) works to solve this issue by providing access to higher education and professional development opportunities to people from marginalized communities who can make a difference. On May 8, 2012, I met with TEN’s staff, and learned about its programs. The staff I met all took time to show me the process, explain to me all of the background and steps, shared why they joined TEN, and the challenges they have faced along the way.
Michael, who runs TEN’s ‘low cost, high impact’ self-study university preparation program, explained to me how this program helps community development workers in Burma access international university education. “These individuals want to improve their skills so they can increase the impact of their work, but access to decent education is a major obstacle. They lack the necessary qualifications, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), to be eligible for international universities outside Burma. However, to get these qualifications, they usually have to attend expensive private classes, which they cannot afford.” Michael continues, “When they enroll with us they get full support to self-study in their own time so that they can obtain the university qualifications they need."
“This program is just one piece of the jigsaw of services that we provide”, explained the Development Director, Quentin Hewitt. “Many of the individuals who successfully gain the necessary university entrance qualifications with us go on to receive a university scholarship administered by us. We also support the development of communities in Burma through providing curriculum development and teacher training, organizing professional internships for community workers, running schools and placing skilled volunteers with community-based organizations. Through our efforts, we would like to create a generation of motivated individuals with the knowledge, skills and networks to make a profound and positive impact on their country.”
After, I was able to meet two scholarship recipients of TEN. To learn more visitJacquelineInTheFieldBlog.
A Successful year so far!
We at Thabyay Education Network are thrilled to announce that in the last few months we've managed to raise $2,585 for our 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' project bringing us up to $5,343 in total funds raised through GlobalGiving!. This new funding will give more students from Burma the chance to develop the language and study skills needed for entry into university. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have donated and supported this great project and would like to assure you that these funds are having an outstanding impact both on student development and civil society.
Changes in Burma
The recent positive changes has triggered a realization among young people in Burma that acquiring education and building skills could have a tremendous impact on civil society. This is an incredible development. However, this great news also poses new challenges to our university preparation programs- the need for expansion to build the capacity of youth to become leaders in their communities and steer this new change in a sustainable and inclusive direction.
This new change is also evidence that projects like ours have paid off and will continue to do so providing your generous support continues. In the next few months, we hope to see a whole host of new talent entering universities across Asia and it will be thanks to you that this is happening.
Where your money goes
The funding received has helped to support 22 students who have received an overall TOEFL score of 500 or above. 500 is the minimum score needed to study in most university programs in Thailand and the Philippines. Out of those 22 students, 5 students received an overall score of 550 or above- qualifying to apply for scholarships at universities in Hong Kong.
We thank you once again for your kind support for this important project and look forward to hearing from you if you would like any further information about this project.
With our best wishes,
Thabyay Education Network
We at Thabyay Education Network would like to say a massive thank you to those who have supported our latest project 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on GlobalGiving.
Thanks to all your kind support, we've now raised a total of $3,413 for this great project. This money has gone directly into helping our students with university preparation enabling them to study at universities across Asia and gain the skills needed to improve the poor state of public services in their communities and in Burma as a whole.
Pe Myint is one example of a student that is benefiting greatly from your kind support. During the day, she volunteers for a health organization on the Thai- Burma border, doing important health research on alcohol abuse by migrants in the border region. In the evenings, she attends our exam preparation course. Thanks to our exam preparation course, Pe Myint now has the skills required to apply for a public health degree at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
There are of course, many other students like Pe Myint whose dreams are made reality as a result of your support for this project.
We have many exciting plans for this year. These include building a website for our fundraising advocates, building networks of fundraising partnerships across the UK and USA and three bonus day campaigns.
The next bonus day is on March 14th 2012 - all donations to this project via www.globalgiving.org will be matched by 30%! We would be delighted if you could share this date with your friends, family and colleagues and help us to encourage more kind people to support this project.
We at Thabyay Education Network would like to express our gratitude to those who have supported our latest project 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on GlobalGiving.
As of October 2011, we need to raise another $39,955 in order to meet our targets. It is crucial that we meet this target to aid the academic development of students from marginalized communities with poor access to education across Burma. Providing help with university preparation will not only allow our students to receive a quality university education but in the longer run, it will also help foster positive change in Burma.
Aung Moe is one of our current students who has been working hard to prepare for university. In addition to her studies, she is doing an internship with a health organization on the Myanmar border to gain some valuable work experience. Thanks to our exam preparation course, Aung will have the academic skills required to apply for a scholarship to study public health at a university in Bangkok. Aung is just one of many ambitious students whose dreams are made reality as a result of your support for this project.
At present, we have a number of our volunteer alumni who are actively organizing events in universities and community centers to raise money for this project. We hope that these efforts will help us move closer towards meeting our targets. We are most grateful for even the smallest contributions as even US$10 can help support study material costs and transportation costs. We thank you once again for supporting us. If you have any questions about the project, or about our work, please do get in touch.
Don't forget, October the 19th is bonus day- all donations to this project via www.globalgiving.org will be matched by 30%!
We at Thabyay Education Network would like to gratitude to those who have supported our latest project 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on GlobalGiving.
As of the 8th of July 2011, we need to raise another $39,980 in order to meet our targets. It is crucial that we meet this target to aid the academic development of students from marginalized communities with poor access to education across Burma. Providing help with university preparation will not only allow our students to receive a quality university education but in the longer run, it will also help foster positive change in Burma.
In the coming months we are launching our volunteer fundraising strategy and hope that this will increase donations to the project considerably, helping us to meet our targets. Remember, even the smallest contribution of US$10 can make a difference- from providing students with the necessary materials for their studies to assisting with transport costs etc. We thank you once again for supporting us. If you have any questions about the project, or about our work, please do get in touch. With our best wishes,
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