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.
Jul 10, 2015

Outstanding student supported to attend exchange

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$ 66,195 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 May 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 64,582 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 6th May, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 800.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 59 awards enabling 49 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 23 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 23, 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: San

Age: 23

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Kachin

Subject Studied: Public Policy, Management and Politics   

University:Murdoch University Australia

Award Amount: US$ 800

Award Type: Partial scholarship

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

 San is currently studying Public Policy, Management and Politics program at City University of Hong Kong as an undergraduate student. Coming from a rural area of Myanmar where education has lost its value makes her yearn for a better tertiary education and creates her interests in culture diversity.

Studying in a new environment, Hong Kong, and interactions with professors and fellow students from different cultural norms and backgrounds give her the opportunity to explore new areas of social world. Thus, she believes that exchange program at a foreign university will bring further various benefits to her healthy study life in diverse ways. Indeed, it will be challenging for her to stabilize herself at a foreign university and country within a semester. However, the exchange program to Murdoch University, Australia, would undoubtedly be an eye opening experience and she assures that is going to be a life-changing-experience for her.

It is very competitive for Myanmar students to win scholarships for studying abroad. However, studying at City University of Hong Kong as a scholarship recipient has trained her how to value and use both educational and cultural diversities for the betterment of my community. In fact, it has made her a better exchange program candidate with a unique identity to the host institution representing not only Myanmar but also City University of Hong Kong.

Moreover, by participating in this exchange program, she believes that she would further improve better cognitive abilities in public policy, public management and politics of different countries. Moreover, through this exchange program, she would be able to better her intercultural communication skills, gain and apply different approaches to analyze issues in public affairs and the public management at the local and global levels. With these opportunities expected to gain from exchange program, she expects to expend her educational and social networks and develop her learning progress by which she can help her community in terms of public policy, management and politics.

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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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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