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University Scholarships for Students from Burma

by Thabyay Education Network
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma
University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 49,912 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 40,320 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 17th April 2012, we had disbursed approximately US$ 36,854 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 17th April, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totaling approximately US$ 3,100.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 41 awards enabling 35 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia. The recipients of these awards comprise 15 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 27 different majors at 15 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Our latest report, attached below, provides detailed information about the new awards made.

Award Recipients

Recipient 1:

Name: Khin Myat Mon
Age: 21
Ethnicity: Rakhine
Subject Studied: Economics and Finance
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 600

Recipient 2:

Name: Kyaw Min San
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Burman
Subject Studied: Electronic and Communications Engineering
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 700

Recipient 3:

Name: Win Aung
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: Government and Law
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 1000

Recipient 4:

Name: Soe Min Tun
Age: 23
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: English
University: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Award Amount: US$ 800

Future Plans

The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late September by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you. If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
www.thabyay.org
www.arohanascholarships.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

www.arohanascholarships.org


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Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

On May 8, 2012, I met with TENs staff, learned about its programs, and joined two scholarship recipients in a tour of their university in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Walking in to the main office, I saw stacks and stacks of papers all organized and with little colored post-its on each. “These are some of the applications for scholarships this year,” Quentin Hewitt, TEN’s Development Director, explained. I was extremely impressed with the care and detail that went into the application processes, records kept, and all around running of the organization – the futures of these potential scholars lie in their hands.

After visiting the office and learning about TEN’s projects, I was off to meet two Burmese scholarship recipients who now attend Chiang Mai University. Kaythi and Naing Lin (names changed for security reasons) are both enrolled in CMU’s new Social Science program which includes courses on environment, sociology, statistics, and economics.  What did they like about their program? The fact that CMU offers a great social science curriculum, unavailable in Burma, challenges the way they think, and generates learning through class discussion. Such experiences are virtually unknown in universities in Burma where analytical thinking is discouraged and an overriding emphasis is placed on rote learning outdated and often irrelevant texts.

Kaythi previously worked as a volunteer with an international organization working with the elderly in Burma. Naing Lin was a teacher and a volunteer. Why did they volunteer? Because they “want to help people and want to be life trainers”, said Kaythi.  Education is extremely important and they wanted to spread awareness about it - “we are the pioneers”, Naing Lin said.  Although she had a good job, Kaythi decided to apply for a scholarship because she felt that she could work more effectively if she was better educated . Her parents are small-scale farmers who had no opportunity to attend formal education. Although they need the help of every family member to obtain enough food from their land, her parents encouraged her to take this opportunity. “Don’t come back to the fields. Continue to study,” they said.  Naing Lin explained that learning English is “a great tool to attain knowledge and then share it.” He wanted to promote awareness about education to his Shan community – “if I don’t have anything to share with them, what’s the purpose of learning?”

Afterwards, we all went to the Chiang Mai University campus to meet the scholars’ Director and Coordinator of the Social Science program, accompanied by TEN’s Development Officer, Tom. The Director explained that the goal of the program was to prepare the students in multidisciplinary studies, but a big challenge was the certification of Burma’s education systems – which often is not internationally recognized. Through the international school at Chiang Mai University, the Director stressed the importance of extracurricular activities to promote integration among the students from Burma. Kaythi and Naing Lin both spoke passionately about their university life and the difference it will make in their future endeavors. 

To read more about my experience go to: JacquelineInTheFieldBlog.

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Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 39,837 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 36,922 in disbursements from GlobalGiving (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figres can only be approximately calculated).

By the 3rd January 2012, we had disbursed approximately US$ 34,854 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,068.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 3rd January 2012, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 2,000. Please see the attached report document for full profiles of each scholarship recipient.

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Aung Khine
Age: 22
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: Rakhine
Subject Studied: International Studies
University: Mahidol University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 600
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 2:

Name: Kaythi
Age: 26
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: Burman
Subject Studied: Social Science
University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 400
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 3:

Name: Naing Lin
Age: 22
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: Shan
Subject Studied: Social Science
University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 400
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 4:

Name: Theingi Aye
Age: 31
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: Government and International Studies
University: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Award Amount: US$ 600
Award Type: Partial scholarship

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 37 awards enabling 32 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 14 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Future Plans

The significant and positive changes that have occured in Burma in the last 12 months represent an unprecendented opportunity for communities and civil society throughout the country. While change is nascent and unpredictable, it has undeniably created increased space for community organizations to consolidate and push forward with reconciliation and development, and build a better future. The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key secotrs including health care, education, community development, rights and media.

The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by fundraising, making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, frequently express to us their gratitude for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
www.thabyay.org
www.arohanascholarships.org

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Introduction

Imagine walking ten miles across mountain ranges each day just to get to school. Imagine living in a community where more than three quarters of the population live hand-to-mouth, hardly able to feed themselves. Imagine spending your time digging trenches as a child, for you and your family to shelter in when a firefight breaks out. These are some of the experiences of the students who have received university scholarship awards through this project. However, sadly their experiences are not exceptional, but common in Burma, a country that has long been in the grip of social, political and economic crises. Despite such hardships, these individuals are linked by a common thread - hope and determination to make their country a better place. To succeed, they need skills which the education system in Burma cannot currently provide. However, thanks to people like you, they have opportunities to study at universities across Asia, and to return equipped to to make lasting contributions to positive change.

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 38,970 since the 1st September 2010. After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of US$ 33,502 in disbursements from GlobalGiving. By October 2011, we had disbursed US$ 31,169 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,333.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totalling US$ 2,330.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 33 awards enabling 31 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

The attached report profiles detailed profiles of each scholarship award recipient.

Future Plans

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

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“I want to let the rain of freedom fall all over my country. I believe in the power of education, and the power of people, to achieve this.”

Shwe Zin, 22, Scholarship Award Recipient

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (194 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 35,223 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees and intermediary bank charges, we have now received a total of US$ 32,524 in disbursements from GlobalGiving.

By July 2011, we had disbursed US$ 29,568 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of US$ 2,956. However, one of our scholarship recipients received a scholarship donation from another private source, meaning that he was able to pay back US$ 1,596 of his original grant of US$ 2,000 to the Arohana Scholarship Fund. This meant that the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee had US$ 4,552 to allocate to new scholarship awards from 4th July 2011 (US$ 2,956 + US$ 1,596).

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 4,552.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 28 awards enabling 25 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 19 different majors at 12 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Full details of award recipients are provided in the attached report.

Future Plans

Currently, the Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) has disbursed all funds so far received from GlobalGiving. On receipt of a new tranche of funds, the ASF Committee will meet to decide on further awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

Links:


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Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
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