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A Future to Build: Burma by Women

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A Future to Build: Burma by Women
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A Future to Build: Burma by Women
A Future to Build: Burma by Women
A Future to Build: Burma by Women

Nang Mawk* is completing her Master of Educational Administration at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok. At the end of her final semester she looked back on and her studies and reflected on where her learnings will lead in the future.

Which subjects did you study this semester?

This semester, I did a research with the title of “Need analysis studying on linking primary education between Thailand and Myanmar”. The purpose of my study is to find out how many percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar in the next five to ten years. If they do plan to return to Myanmar then what barriers might migrant children in transition period and what educational preparations are needed for this group of children? I mainly use qualitative method but a bit mix with quantitative method for this study. I conducted 100 surveys with migrant parents in Bangkhunthain district, Bangkok to find out the percentage of migrant parents who plan to return. I did some interview with migrant parents, Thai and Myanmar government workers, NGOs and CBOs workers in Bangkok and around Thai-Myanmar border such as Maesot-help without frontier, Phangnga-Foundation for Education and Development, Ranong-World education and Bangkok-Foundation for Rural youth, some Myanmar education experts from Thailand and Myanmar. The result was 75 percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar if Myanmar is really change and develop. The rest still do not know and plan to live in Thailand the rest of their life. From interviews, the big barriers children might face when they return to Myanmar are language and culture shock. So, language class within weekends and holidays are needed for students as preparation, parents speak Myanmar and practice Myanmar culture at home, both governments come up together working on educational standard and linking education. NGOs and CBOs provide information to governments and support to migrant families for language classes and raise awareness among migrant parents.

What did you most like about your study so far? Are there any success stories or achievements that you would like to share with us? What are your plans for next semester?

This semester is my last semester. I have finished all the course work and field work for pursuing my degree. I like all the subjects I have learned from my university. I will be able to adjust and use them in my future work and my current life. However, where I am going to use what is still difficult to say because I have not started working yet. What I use in my everyday life is the knowledge from leadership course. It’s all about to develop and care ourselves first then to our partners, families, community and the whole society. What we need to develop every day is our physical-try to do exercise every day, mental-try to forgive and being sufficient with what we have, cognitive- read book/books every day and think critically before make any single decision and spiritual- pray or mediation 15-30 minutes a day. One phrase I really love is “Try to understand then to be understood” means behave to people as we want them to behave to us.

My plan for the future is seeking a job that related to my field and being to make benefit to the community and my people.

Thank you for helping Nang Mawk gain the skills and confidence to pursue her dream!

*Name has been changed to preserve the anonymity of our students.

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YingLong Thanks Supporters!
YingLong Thanks Supporters!

A huge thank you to all our supporters, far and wide, around the world, standing closely beside our students and the cause.

Thank you supporters!

Also, congratulations! We’ve had a successful quarter and will continue to push for more, with your help.

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Mi Win Thida has GRADUATED from Chulalongkorn University (one of the top universities in Southeast Asia)! She is now a specialist on Health and Economics issues, and has already been recruited to work with the government in forming Health Policies.

Congratulations Mi Win Thida!
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Our student Ying Kawn Tai has achieved First Class Honors at Payap University in her first semester by achieving a 3.5+ GPA while volunteering teaching Shan construction workers. We can’t wait to update you with her continued progress.

“In university, I can decide who I should learn from and be exposed to different skills and ideas. This is very important for me and my community. Nowadays, I also use some of my new knowledge and skills when volunteering as a teacher at a construction site.”

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On October 12th, We women held a Charity Walk in the Netherlands and Chiang Mai in order to raise enough funds to continue to support YingLong in her second year Masters of Education Administration at Assumption University.

“Decision making skills and the importance of communication skills will help me to create a better education environment as well.  In addition, I have studied curriculum development and implementation.  This course helped me to understand about curriculum definition and approaches. I discovered new methods of teaching which I will be able to take to Myanmar and use to improve the management in schools. Moreover, I have learnt the importance of analyzing and improving teaching. This has given me a better understanding on what can be done by teachers and has made my motivation stronger to improve our school system.”- Ying Long talking about her learning at Assumption University

The Charity Walk fundraiser was able to raise 3000Euro and 14,000THB; just enough to continue to pay for her tuition and expenses. Over 45 people came together to walk along the Old City in Chiang Mai (2 hours)- this included staff, volunteers, tutors, students from BEAM our partner organization, and new supporters. The Charity Walk proved there is a community who can come together to support the movement for women leadership and women’s higher education in Burma.

“I loved the Charity Walk in Chiang Mai! I was able to meet so many people who are involved and who are benefitting from We women foundation’s programs. I was able to hold the We women banner proud and walk in front with a volunteer from the Netherlands. I felt like I belonged and had a support system.”- Min, our office assistant and Pre- Uni student from Bago Region

“At the end, after we had spent hours together walking side by side for Ying Long and We women foundation. Everyone came together as a community with a sense of belongingness. Through donations, many people were able to participate actively and connect directly with students. I think we should engage online donors in a more active way; for example, we can live stream events from now on and bring them closer to the students and foundation.”- San, our Program Coordinator from Bago Region

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Mi Aye is on her third semester completing her Masters in Health Economics and Health Care Management at Chulalongkorn University (2012 – 2014). At the end of this semester she shared her thoughts about her studies, the progress of her thesis and her experience of university life.

Please tell us about this past semester and update us on your studies? 

My program is a one year program at Chulalongkorn University; the third semester is for Thesis Writing. My Thesis topic is “Determinants of Health Care Utilization among Workers from Private Sector in Yangon, Myanmar”. In my study, I concentrate on one location, the Hlaing Tharyar Township which is one of the largest industrial zones in Myanmar.

In my thesis, I focus on the Social Health Insurance of Myanmar under the administration of Social Security Board, Ministry of Labor and Employment.

During the first two months of this semester, I have spent my time doing data collection in Myanmar. I came back to Thailand after finishing and now I am working on the data analysis part.

I’m continuing to collect more information in the field, so I am extending my studies one semester to finish my Thesis.

What new ideas, concepts and insights did you gain from working on your Thesis project? How will you apply this understanding in your future career or in your daily life?

The Thesis is a very important component in my study. It is a very good experience to learn all the necessary skills to conduct research. It also helped me gain a lot of knowledge as it required to me to read many works of previous studies and imperial studies from around the world which are related with my topic.

My Thesis also gave me practical work experience on conducting research. It is an invaluable experience for my career as I am interested in research and planning to work in my future career. I have gained experience on how to write a research proposal, develop a questionnaire, and collect data as well as how to analyze and discuss data results.

 How is your university life apart from study? Please also mention any challenges you face in different social settings and with university culture. 

University life is a mixture of stress and enjoyment at the same time. As my program is one year and a bit intensive, I have spent most of my time in the lecture room and also commuting from my apartment to the university. Even though, it is stressful because of heavy assignments and tasks, it is a very good opportunity to meet people from different regions and from different cultures.

It is a great experience that I not only have a chance to study but also have the chance to attend the academic seminars and conferences which are organized by Chulalongkorn University. Apart from academic activities, the faculty also arranges some extracurricular workshops for the students to explore Thai culture and traditions.

Personally, I feel lucky as a Myanmar citizen to have the opportunity to study at the very best university in Thailand where most of the culture is similar to our country. So I didn’t have challenges for different social setting except a little challenge on language.

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MIN WE is is enrolled  at Rangsit University north of Bangkok studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, ( 2012 – 2015). Here’s her account of the last semester:

“This semester, my first class was Man and Environment subject. In this class, I learnt about the interaction of human beings and the environment in daily life. The class provided us with a theoretical and practical approach. We went on a field trip to visit a Buffalo village. At the village, I learnt about traditional farming and the role of buffaloes on a farm. I also was assigned to do a research paper (by team work) which focused on farming and harvesting.

As a PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) student, Introduction to Statistic is a compulsory subject and of course it’s one of my favourite subjects. I like mathematics. I like calculating. Therefore, I found this subject very interesting and the lectures were also clear and easy to understand. Another subject I took in my first semester was Information Technology and its Application. This subject was one of the best subjects this semester. This subject was an introduction to information technology and it was very useful and interesting because everything that was taught in this class was new to me. I got to know about the components of computer system and software. I learnt about Internet and World Wide Web, and the basic of web design. As I’m using computer and internet everyday, this class is very important because I can now deal with my computer when something goes wrong and I also know more how to search for reliable sources on internet.

Beside my study, I joined the activities provided by Rangsit University. I participated in almost every activity; in the sport competitions I was one of badminton players but unfortunately we lost our energy so that we lost the competition. I enjoyed especially ASEAN Youth Camp. This camp was aimed to build relationship between ASEAN nationalities in order to build peace and raise awareness about environmental conservation. This activity was organized by Thammasat University and the participants were selected from the universities in Bangkok. I was one of the representatives from Rangsit International College.

To conclude, I enjoyed every class I took and every activity I participated. Moreover, for my grades I got 3 As, 1 B+ and 1 B. During my free time, I visited friends who study in different universities in Bangkok in order to keep in touch. I also do some exercises. I go jogging and play badminton and table tennis.”

Note: All our students names are pseudonnyms

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BAWK NU

Bawk Nu is studying a Master of Management and Organisational Development Program at Assumption University in Bangkok.

She plans to complete her studies by the end of 2013. She hopes to submit her research proposal in June, and defend her thesis in early November. Students are required to implement a real Organisational Development intervention as part of the research thesis. Bawk Nu will do her research project with KWAT (Kachin Women Association Thailand).

After she completes her Masters, Bawk Nu intends to continue in the management profession as her career, either with profit or non-profit organizations. She would like to become a professional OD consultant in the future and work with many organizations, to share her knowledge and skills with leaders and managers. She has not decided yet whether she will be based inside or outside of Burma (e.g Thailand). This will depend on the local situation after her studies. However, Bawk Nu wants to help organizations and communities of Burma.

Finally, Bawk Nu thanks her scholarship sponsor, and the We women foundation for granting her with a scholarship, and providing other non-financial support throughout 2012 academic year: “Without your [We women] support I would not be able to pay for my study because my jobs in the past were mostly volunteer-basis and community service, and I did not earn a big salary. I value your support which has made my dream come true. I look forward to your continuing support which will enable me to complete my Masters degree.”

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