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Sep 12, 2019

A fantastic start to Education for All!

2019 Students and teachers
2019 Students and teachers

At the end of June, the first students arrived in Lailenpi to enrol in the newly launched Education for All project. Over 100 youth from surrounding villages, who have previously failed their Year 10 exams, signed up to receive tutoring for the next ten months at the recently built Health and Hope Training Centre.

The project was piloted last year, supporting 202 students part-time, who were studying in two schools in Lailenpi town. The team focused on providing additional tutoring in English, Maths, Physics and Biology.  The Year 10 exam results are just out and there was a significant improvement...

As a result of the pilot project, 24% of students passed their exams compared to under 10% two years ago. The 2019 result means that an additional 21 students passed the Year 10 exam in comparison to 2018. Whilst the pass rate in Chin State continued to be the lowest for the whole country, students in Lailenpi achieved a 4% higher pass rate than the state average (20%), with the highest state in the country achieving 37%. For a remote rural town, this is a significant achievement, almost matching the pass rate of students from the state capital, Hakha.

The new students enrolled last week for full-time education with the first classes taking place on Monday. Dipar, one of the graduates of Health and Hope's Freedom to Education scholarship programme, is now a class tutor, supporting this project.  She wrote this short message to us during enrolment: 

"Yesterday when I was receiving the students for Education for All, unexpectedly I met one of my year 10 classmates. Incredibly, he has been trying to pass class 10 since 2010 when I was also taking the same exam.  As soon as I met him, he said to me: "I really need your help to pass my year 10". I am so touched by what my friend said to me. I really hope and pray that this project will be a blessing for many students. Please can you thank everyone for all of their support to start this project and a big thanks to all our generous donors. May God bless you all."

The first Education for All lessons taking place
The first Education for All lessons taking place
Teaching the new students
Teaching the new students
Jun 14, 2019

Volunteer doctors trip to Lailenpi

Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound
Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound

Last time we updated you on this project we were planning to launch our next training for Traditional Birth Attendants. Unfortunately, due to an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Arakanese Army in the border regions, we had to postpone our plans until after the monsoon.

We were however, able to provide training to Area Coordinators and Community Health Workers, which focused on the management of childhood illness. This included training in emergency first aid, suturing and the management of burns. 

Emma was one of the volunteer doctors from the UK, who ran the practical training, while also seeing patients at Hope Clinic in Lailenpi.

“I was struck by how grateful all the patients were, despite me seemingly doing very little. One elderly lady shook my hand so hard I thought it would fall off!  She said she would remember my visit all her life. All I had done was look in her ears! I found it difficult to understand the depth of gratitude that the people showed, until someone explained that it was our presence that gave them hope.  Hope that their little town was not forgotten by the rest of the world and that we cared enough to come all the way from the UK to see them, besides any medical skills we could offer. The people were so generous in their appreciation, and we left the clinic with vegetables, pineapples, bananas and a multitude of eggs!”

You can read more about Emma’s trip in her blog post on our website.

The team had a tremendous time delivering the course based on the World Health Organisation's Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses.  Over the next few weeks, this course will be followed up by providing training for Health and Hope staff on care of the unwell newborn.  

Three young women who will participate in this training, have been supported by Health and Hope through six years of study and will this month graduate from university after completing their nursing degrees. After the training, they will support the delivery of the maternal and neonatal programme, in addition to working in Hope Clinic and responding to emergencies through a newly established mobile medical service.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support which has enabled the development of this programme of work. Your partnership is making a difference to the lives of hundreds of mothers and their children in the remote regions of western Myanmar. 

Area Coordinators training workshop
Area Coordinators training workshop
Practical training workshop
Practical training workshop
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
Jun 13, 2019

Giving students a second chance

Last year we ran the Education for All pilot project. Four Health and Hope staff members, who had recently graduated from our Freedom to Education scholarship programme, partnered with local schools to fill gaps where there were teacher shortages.  They delivered the English, Maths, Biology and Physics curriculum to over 200 students.

We're delighted that there was a significant improvement in the exam results this year, with the grade 10 pass rate changing from just 2% two years ago, to 24% in 2019!  While this is still low compared to western standards, it is a great leap forward for the local youth and families of rural Chin State.

The historically dismal pass rate in the rural areas has contributed to weaknesses in local drivers for change, as only students who matriculate from Year 10 are able to secure formal employment or go onto further education.  It has also left a deluge of despondent youth in rural communities who have repeatedly attempted the grade 10 exams and failed. 

Building on the success of the exam results and new teaching methods, Health and Hope Myanmar are launching a tailored Education for All project this year for students who have previously failed their year 10 exams.  Focusing on these 'repeater students', the project will provide full-time schooling and individual study support for up to 100 youth, with the aim of radically changing their life opportunities over the next 12 months.  

The education team are currently interviewing potential students who will commence their studies in the next few weeks, with the project launching in the newly built Health and Hope Training Centre.  It will run from June 2019 to March 2020. 

We're really grateful to those that have supported the launch of this project. We look forward to updating you again in a few months' time once the new students have settled in!

 

 
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