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.
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!)
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 email@example.com