Freedom to Education for Young People in Myanmar

by Health and Hope UK
Freedom to Education for Young People in Myanmar
FEP students hard at work!
FEP students hard at work!

The Freedom to Education Project aims to identify and support talented young men and women from Myanmar who carry a vision for the long-term benefit of their people and provide them with the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Health & Hope’s Freedom to Education Project has been supporting students to pursue college and higher education opportunities since 2009 and thanks to your generosity, we have now seen over 130 young people graduate either from higher secondary school or university.

With the crisis continuing in Myanmar following the military coup more than two years ago and the collapse of the education system, young people especially are at high risk of being drafted into militia groups. This vital project however provides a route away from this, even for a few.

The Freedom to Education Project is a long-term priority, recognising the risks to young people in Myanmar, and the long-term need for educated young people who will go on to serve their communities.

In June we were very pleased to learn that 18 out of 19 students passed their Year 12 exams. Given the extraordinary challenges these young people faced when starting in Year 11, this is an achievement to celebrate!

The Freedom to Education team has been actively engaged in various tasks, including student admissions, and providing guidance to Class 12 students in their daily activities. 

Three students are enrolled on Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Electrical Engineering courses at university.

Remarkably, all 17 of our students have achieved admission to their desired universities and colleges. Notably, 10 students have been accepted into prestigious academic institutions. This achievement is truly remarkable, considering the challenges our students faced and the fact that admissions were secured even after the closing date.

Class 12 Science students faced a challenge when their Physics teacher resigned from the job. To address this issue, our team embarked on a search for a qualified Physics teacher who has now been hired as a private tutor and is now providing regular tuition for the students.

Thank you so much for your support of the Freedom to Education project. It is truly an investment in the future generations of Myanmar.

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Freedom to Education Programme

Health & Hope is currently supporting 48 students from Myanmar who are pursuing their studies at various schools, colleges and universities overseas. All our Freedom to Education (FEP) students have done incredibly well in their studies so far with your support. Recently, a group of 19 Class 12 students successfully completed their exams and are currently awaiting their results.

Overcoming challenges

Language Barriers

The language barrier is still the biggest challenge for some 20% of our students. However, the team is planning to provide basic English skills in the first three months of the academic year which began last month. The team speaks English to the students as much as possible including in their daily devotions. Through a great deal of study and practice it is anticipated that the majority of the students will be able to speak, write and understand English after two years of study in India.

Education system

India has a world-class education system that enables students to acquire critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. By contrast, in Myanmar, the education system encourages students to memorise information without understanding what they have been taught. As a result, our students continue to face significant challenges in adapting to the new educational system.

However, after a year of study and receiving intensive basic English skills from the team, the students have developed critical thinking skills, learned to ask questions and are gradually grasping the lessons taught to them by their teachers. After school, the FEP team assists them at home.

Achievements in spite of adversity

Although most of our students have gone through hardship, stress and psychological trauma due to the current situation in Myanmar, your support has made a huge difference to all FEP students. All the students passed their examinations. Four of our FEP students ranked 1st and 2nd positions in their final exams and two students scored the highest marks in Physics and Mathematics.

80% of the students are now able to speak and understand English in their classes. Some 50% of the students have improved in communication, stress management and time management skills. Without your support, these students would potentially have joined the ethnic armed forces and the local People Defence Force (PDF).

How your giving is making a difference

Health & Hope’s Freedom to Education Programme was established in 2009. Since that time over 130 students from Myanmar have graduated from the programme. Thanks to your generosity:

  • Eligible young people are experiencing improved educational prospects.
  • Students are able to take advantage of career progression and further educational opportunities for long-term socio-economic well-being.
  • Many of the students taking part in the programme actively contribute towards long-term sustainable development in Myanmar.
  • Selected students will return to work for Health & Hope Myanmar directly working for their local communities and supporting future students.

Next steps for the Freedom to Education Programme

Thanks to your generosity, the Freedom to Education Program is continuing to fulfil its goals to support talented young people from Myanmar to pursue their career goals and aspirations. Currently, all the students are attending their regular classes and demonstrate strong commitment and dedication to their studies. It is anticipated that our students will excel in the final exam next year.

The team is currently working on the next five-year strategic plan to lift local communities out of poverty through quality education.

Thank you

The Health & Hope Education team would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters for opening up new opportunities, investing and believing in these young students.

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Impact of covid-19 and military coup on education in Myanmar

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020 and the military coup in 2021, Chin State's education system has been completely shut down due to a public boycott of education, teacher and school staff participation in CDM (Civil Disobedience Movement), and constant fighting between the local defence forces (PDF) and the military regime. In the 2021-2022 academic year, when the military government opened the schools approximately 2,259 students took the matriculation examination. The pass rate was just 26.78%, which was the lowest among all states and divisions. 

Aim of the Freedom to Education Programme

The aim of the Freedom to Education Programme is for students from Chin State to have the opportunity to access educational opportunities which will enable them to have improved career prospects and return to contribute to the socio-economic well-being of their communities.

Learning new skills

English language skills - While many of the students understand English some are still struggling and are finding it difficult to understand their lessons. However, because the students are not in a community where English is widely spoken, they still have a long way to go before they are fully equipped with English skills. To help with this the team will be helping the students with their English skills until the end of the programme.

Leadership - to enable the students to learn leadership skills, the team selects a representative from the boys' and girls' groups. If there is a disagreement, the representative must resolve it between them. Everyone is allowed to lead devotions, small events, or school activities.

Financial management skills - The team provides a monthly allowance to students by dividing it according to items on the budget, which means that the money they receive is to be spent specifically for communication, transportation, stationery, and so on for the intended purpose. The team also allows the students to buy vegetables by giving them cash. They must record all expenditures, which makes them aware of a family's income and expenditures. The team advised the students that money should be spent on basic needs rather than wants if it is to be spent wisely. Many students have found this simple practice to be extremely beneficial, and they have begun to apply it to their daily expenses.


Despite the difficulties they have faced, the students completed their first-term examination in July. The exam was passed by 50% of the students. Two of the FEP students were ranked second and third in the entire school. Only 17 students out of 108 passed all of their subjects. That means that half of the students who passed the exam were from FEP, an amazing result.

Freedom to Education Programme - Other Key Activities

Pastoral care and support

The education team provides pastoral care and support to the students daily. The team ensures that the student's academic performance, critical thinking skills, and spiritual and social well-being improve.

Community Leader Talks

The community leaders' talks play an important role for the students as they all will be taking up some roles in their communities. The team occasionally invites the community leaders such as local church leaders, community activists, school officers, etc. These talks provide crucial opportunities for the students to learn leadership skills, communication skills, the importance of active listening, and working as a team.

Career counselling

Despite the FEP team's career counselling program, many students are unsure of which careers to pursue after graduating from high school. As a result, the team will provide more career counselling to students over the next four months to help them understand what courses they should take after completing Class 12.

When it came to choosing a career, many students follow in the footsteps of their peers. Parents also frequently make career decisions for their children without considering their interests, believing that they know what is best for their children.Themajorityofthe studentshavenoideawhatacareerentails.Therefore,providingacareercounsellingprogrambecomes one of the most important keys to future success.

Plans for the next 6 months

As the time is approaching for writing the final examination, the students need more support academically. Hence, the team will mainly focus on the academic improvement of the students and provide intensive coaching, guidance, and monitoring.

The team will conduct a scholarship information-sharing session and the team will help for applying scholarships for all the students. The career counselling program will be conducted again to provide clear advice about their career, and it will be explained to them in more detail.

The team will search for suitable universities beforehand so that the students do not get confused about where to study and what to study after passing the class 12 examination. The team will also monitor the students in their studies by conducting tests at least once a week.

The students will also perform community activities to relieve stress related to their studies. They have also attended a stress management workshop which has helped them greatly to manage their stress levels. The community talks will be implemented for the students by inviting motivational leaders, church leaders, and counsellors.


I have made huge changes after studying for two years. I become social, making a lot of friends, have full confidence in English speaking… and am more self-reliant as my parents are far from me and I have to make a decision most of the time. My favourite subject is Mathematics. Since I was young I love playing with numbers. I owe a lot to my donors and supporters because I would not make it this far without your support and love… I appreciate your selfless donation and support.

Shein (name changed for security reasons)

Thank you

Thank you so much for your support. Through your giving, you are giving a future and a hope to Myanmar's next generation of young leaders.


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Over the 2021-22 academic year, we were delighted that 20 further young people from across Chin State, Myanmar, were granted the opportunity to reignite their dream to study, which gives them hope for a better future. All of our students have friends who have left their homes and families in order to join the People’s Defence Force (PDF). Some were forced to flee their homes and have been hiding in the jungle as Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Others were living as refugees over the border in India. Due to the unprecedented security concerns and covid restrictions there were many logistical and communication difficulties in the region.

On arrival, our partner, Prospect Burma, conducted a scholarship information-sharing event. Students were given an in-depth introduction about what to expect and what opportunities would be available for them beyond their college course. The students were really excited to learn about these opportunities, and felt even more motivated in their studies as a result of looking to the future.

Mizo is the most commonly spoken language in Mizoram State and is a compulsory subject for many students. In addition, many educational facilities teach in English. Students were given language lessons in both Mizo and English alongside their course study, greatly boosting their confidence. India has achieved a world-standard education system that encourages students to develop critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. In contrast, the education system in Myanmar enforces a system of memorising information by repetition. After four months of attending the intensive English language course, the students grew in confidence, developing critical thinking skills and effectively communicating with local friends.

Physical, emotional, spiritual and academic support are essential aspects of our role as facilitators of the students’ education. Regular social events provide opportunities for students to meet members of the community. Church leaders give talksthat offer moral support, motivation and encouragement. The students are excelling academically as well as in growing in their characters and overall well-being.

Celebrating Success

We now have 40 students studying at Year 11 & 12 level. In Year 12, all of the science students passed in the first division, which means all the students scored 60% in their final exam. We are extremely proud of their achievements despite facing such adversity.


My name is Dedan (name has been changed) and I am 19 years old from Chin State, Myanmar. Currently I am studying in Year 11 in the Arts stream. I have three sisters and three brothers. My father was a primary school headmaster but recently left his job and joined the Civil Disobedience Movement, and my mother is a farmer. In Myanmar, a school teacher’s salary is very low and it was never enough for our family to live on. I studied primary and middle school in my village and continued my high school at Matupi Basic Education High School. With the help of generous donors, I passed my matriculation exams whilst attending the Health & Hope, Education For All project after having failed to graduate for the previous two years.      

Due to the military coup and covid-19, all colleges and universities have been closed and the country's education system has been completely ruined. My dream of studying on a business course and becoming someone useful for the community was broken.      

But Health & Hope and all the donors have given me a golden opportunity to study in India. You gave me hope when I was hopeless. In the future, I would like to become a skilled businessman. Chin State needs great improvement in the economy. Most of the people are poor farmers with very low incomes. I would like to create business opportunities for farmers to sell their farm products.      

Lastly I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to you for supporting me to continue my education abroad. I strongly believe that one day I will become a helpful person for my people.

Thank you so much for your support of our Freedom to Education Programme.

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What is the Freedom to Education programme? 

The Freedom to Education Project (FEP) provides scholarships and support to individuals who have passed their year 10 exams (post 16 years). This support enables young people to continue their education and go on to university or employment.

We believe that education is crucial in building long-term sustainable development in Myanmar. Better education serves to raise levels of social awareness and cultivates leaders who can be catalysts for bringing about a fairer society.

The need for education has never been greater than since the military coup in February 2021 and subsequent near collapse of the education system in Myanmar. Thousands of families have been displaced from their homes, and students have had to leave their university courses, leaving a generation facing a broken education.

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Our students have been working hard since their admission to college in September 2021, working hard to adjust to a new culture, new ways of working and studying, and being far from home. In addition to normal school studies, our students have also had additional language tuition in both English and Mizo, the local language in Mizoram state. 

All the students have adapted well however, and with the pastoral care and support of the Health & Hope Education team have done extremely well in their academic studies. In February, students took their end of year exams. Three of the FEP art students came top of the class with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place out of a total of 82 students. We are absolutely delighted with their results and so proud of them for overcoming such adversity to achieve such great results. Similarly, all the science students passed in the highest class, demonstrating their determination to succeed.

In addition to their academic and language studies, students also take part in community activities through serving in community activities. This is helping to build confidence, communication and leadership skills and problem solving. The Health & Hope Education team also put on a sporting event for all students and HHM staff in December – including Tug of War! (We won’t say who won!)

The future 

Our current students are continuing in Year 12 from this month, and we are recruiting a new intake of 20 more students to comence their Year 11 studies this summer.

So many young people have lost their opportunity to study due to Covid-19 and the military coup, and we are prioritising this project as a means of rebuilding long term sustainable development in Myanmar. 

Thank you again for your ongoing support of our work. It makes such a difference and we are so grateful. 

If you would like any information about our FEP programme please contact us at

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