Thousands of students in Myanmar have been forced out of school due to the February 2021 military coup, COVID-19, and intensifying violence in the country. While the population in general faces a humanitarian crisis, millions of youth do not have access to education. This project will enable around 400 Myanmar youth access to quality online learning programs for their future academic and career success, at the National University of the Union of Myanmar (NUUM).
The military-run school system in Myanmar, including higher education, is essentially no longer functioning 9 months after the coup. Youth in Myanmar are feeling hopeless because they are not able to continue their education. However, many students now have opportunities to study at NUUM with full-tuition scholarships. To advantage of those opportunities they need access to the Internet, which imposes a burden that many are not able to afford because of their families' lack of income.
We will pay for internet service for eligible youth: We will pay internet fees for 400 youth so that they can take advantage of the quality online courses offered to them during this time of crisis. By being able to continue their education and pursue their dreams they will regain hope for the future and the future of their families.
The success and future of Myanmar families and society depend on investments in the education of youth today. It is critical that university students, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, have opportunities to continue their education. By completing courses and ultimately their degrees, they will have greater opportunities to enter the workforce or continue their education even further - in a win-win for everyone: the students, their families, and the country.