A school in Burma
In Thailand, the school year is coming to an end and students are busy getting ready for their exams in March. All our students have been doing well in their studies. We would like to share their motivations with you. You will see that these women are determined to use their studies to contribute to their country's development.
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1 Nang Mawk is enrolled at Ramkhamheang University in Bangkok studying a Masters in Educational Administration commencing in 2011, and completing in 2013
“It is crucial for the Burmese educational system to improve its curriculum, and it is my hope to one day work for the Burmese Education Administrative Department so that I can make changes from within. Through a more creative curriculum, we can encourage children to think for themselves, share their opinions, and learn to follow their aspirations.”
Required for Nang Mawk to complete her studies: $4,115
2 Naw Paw is enrolled at Assumption University in Bangkok studying a Masters in Counseling Psychology commencing in 2011, and completing in 2013. She is presently completing an internship with MAP, which is a compulsory part of her study program.
“The event that most influenced my decision to pursue a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology was the massive destruction caused by the Nargis cyclone in 2008. I had a chance to work with people affected by this tragedy, and I witnessed the psychological problems they suffered as a result. Unfortunately, there were no trauma specialists to assist the victims because Burma suffers from a lack of mental health specialists.”
Required for Naw Paw to complete her studies: $3,555
3 Bawk Nu is enrolled at Assumption University in Bangkok studying a Masters of Management (Organisational and Change Management) commencing in 2012, and completing in 2014.
“Many (Burmese) organizations are very resistant to change because of their conservative history and policies. Even when it is clear that an old policy or procedure is no longer working, too many directors drag their feet and make minor adjustments to the same old approach. And in cases where directors do seek professional help, it is often very difficult to find because the number of professionals who specialize in management and organization development is very low in Burma.”
Required for Bawk Nu to complete her studies: $8,774
4 Nang Naw is enrolled at Chiang Mai University studying a Bachelor of Social Science commencing in 2012, and completing in 2015.
“ It is my goal to continue to work to empower women, and to become a role model for the women in my community, and I need the status that higher education carries in order to support my goals. Those first years as a volunteer teacher and all of my experiences since then have taught me how much my people need encouragement and support, and it is this I hope to provide through my continuiing and improved work.
Burma is changing; we are still at the beginning of this process, and we need a lot of people, capacity and resources in order to bring about the necessary change. That is why I want to study now. I want to be more effective, and better placed to bring more benefits to my people.”
Required for Nang Naw to complete her studies: $5,995 per academic year for the next three years.
5 Nang Noon is enrolled at Assumption University in Bangkok studying a Masters in Educational Administration commencing in 2012, and completing in 2014
“Volunteering with the migrant laborers, a constituency made up mostly of poor families from Shan state, I came to realize that many of these migrants could neither read nor write, and that these deficiencies were a direct result of the poor education system in Burma. This lack of basic knowledge puts migrants workers at a distinct disadvantage, as the only jobs then open to them fall under the ‘Three Ds’ – dangerous, dirty or difficult – jobs in construction or cleaning, which carry very low salaries and often high health risks. If the workers were better educated, more opportunities would be open to them and they would better be able to support themselves and their families, rising from the vulnerable positions they are currently confined to. Witnessing the inability of some laborers to even sign their own name motivated me to continue my fight for equal education for all.”
Required for Nang Noon to complete her studies: $7,794
6 Ying Long is studying a Masters in Educational Administration at Assumption University in Bangkok commencing in 2012, and completing in 2014.
“I see education as was one of the most important tools with which we can upgrade our lives, and this is why I am determined to improve the education system in Burma, and to share the knowledge that I have gained. Currently, our leaders don’t govern the country well, and there is no development, either at the community or national level. I see other countries where the people are well-educated, and where leaders govern well and development is stable, and it leads me to believe that if we were to improve our education, we could create better leaders, and then the country would finally be able to develop for the better.”
Required for Ying Long to complete her studies: $3,842
7 Min We is enrolled at Rangsit University north of Bangkok studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, commencing in 2012 and completing in 2015.
“In the past I have worked with Shan youth organizations and newspapers, reporting, training others in computer skills, and teaching in the camps on the Thai-Burma border. It is my dream after I have graduated to combine my past work experience and the theoretical skills I will learn during my degree, and create an open house for orphans. So many children are forced to live and survive without their parents, who have either been killed or imprisoned, and these children need a safe place to be, and they need an education.”
Required for Min We to complete her studies: $4,803 per academic year for the next three years
8 Ae Vi is enrolled at Rangsit University north of Bangkok studying a Masters in Diplomacy and International Studies commencing in 2012 and completing in 2014
“It is my dream to return to Burma and provide training sessions for our people on human rights, sharing that which I have learnt with others, giving them the information that will create understanding and lead to effective political movements. Many people in Burma do not feel angry or abused, because they have no knowledge or understanding of their rights; they think their way of life is normal and therefore take their suffering for granted. It is the status quo, and so people don’t feel angry about it, but just resigned to it. But by creating awareness, one can empower people, by informing them of their rights you can give them the tools and desire to change things for the better. These people want to be independent, they simply don’t know or understand how to make that happen, and this is what I want to change.”
Required for Ae Vi to complete her studies: $7,624 per academic year
9 Mi Aye Win is enrolled at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok studying a Masters in Health and Economics commencing In 2012 and completing in 2014.
“I have decided to pursue the course that I believe will be of most value to my country. Given that Burma is now going through a transformative period, there are opportunities to really affect healthcare policy. During this time of change and reform, it is important to try and ensure that healthcare issues are included in any policies which deal with poverty reduction. By studying Health and Economics, and gaining a greater understanding of how these two sectors work together in other countries, I will be able to help affect Burmese policy and help to improve the future of Burmese healthcare, ensuring that disadvantaged, poor and marginalized people.”
Required for Mi Aye Win to complete her studies: $4,113 per academic year.
10 Nong Hom is at Webster University studying a Bachelor of International Relations commencing in 2012 and completing in 2016.
Required for Nong Hom to complete her studies: $7,255 per academic year.
11 Yay Aye is enrolled at Chiangmai University studying a Bachelor of Social Science commencing in 2012 and completing in 2015.
Required for Yay Aye to complete her studies: $2,571 per academic year.
Burmese migrant workers in Thailand
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