Education


University lecturers and students are volunteering their time during this summer holiday as part of the 2014 Literacy Campaign in Burma, which aims to provide free classes to 46,479 people, including children and elderly persons who never learned to read.
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Religious leaders have vowed to set up an interfaith dialogue mechanism to protect children’s rights and to prevent inter-communal violence on ethnic or religious grounds.
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Universities in Myanmar have been given e-libraries with hundreds of thousands of digital books and academic journals to help them catch up after decades of isolation under military rule.
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Mon State’s Parliament is likely to pass a bill next month that would put teaching of the Mon language into government schools for the first time in more than 50 years, regional lawmakers said.
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A new pan-ethnic education network has formed in Burma to push for education reform that would allow young children to learn in their mother-tongue languages at government schools.
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Platform Classroom runs classes for children in Mandalay who can’t afford after-school tuition.
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A public address by visiting British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, scheduled to be held at Rangoon University on Thursday, was moved to a last-minute closed-door session at the British Council in Rangoon “for reasons beyond our control.”
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Despite calls to increase spending on health and education, Burma’s government is facing a budget deficit and does not plan to substantially boost its allocation of funds for either sector in the next fiscal year.
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Burma’s journalists have been operating free of the censor for more than a year now, and privately owned newspapers regularly publish critical stories once unthinkable under the country’s military regime. But, with many in the industry lacking training and concerns over reporting standards and lingering self-censorship, a project backed by European governments is hoping to establish a new institution to provide international-quality journalism education.
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Efforts to integrate the children of migrant worker from Burma into the country’s higher education system are bearing fruit, with a threefold increase in the number of Burmese students in Thailand slated to take a 2014 matriculation exam that was administered for the first time earlier this year.
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As part of a program of reforms to reopen a country tightly confined for half a century, Burma’s government last week reopened Rangoon University to undergraduates.
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Burma’s need for “rule of law” is a long-standing mantra of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi—a slogan the former political prisoner has held up as a contrast to the opaque and arbitrary nature of military rule.
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Representatives of the Karen National Union (KNU) met last week with members of the Tenasserim division government in Tavoy where they agreed that plans to teach ethnic languages in Karen schools should move ahead.
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Japan will provide 470,799 U.S. dollars’ grant assistance to help Myanmar build eight more basic education schools in two regions and one state, official media reported Friday.

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Daw Soe Soe Khaing, who was terminated from her position will send a report to the President directly if the Ministry of Education do not respond to the University Teachers Association’s (UTA) statement within a month.
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Daw Haung Sai, member of National Network for Education Reform (NNER) told Mizzima on August 26, that the ‘National Education Policy Bill’ will allow prisoners in jail to receive education.
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Teachers associations in Rangoon and Mandalay have condemned Burma’s Education Ministry for the sacking of a schoolteacher who attended a commemoration earlier this month of the country’s 1988 pro-democracy uprising.
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The Parliament Affairs Committee of the Government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee issued a report on various Ministries’ commitments regarding performance targets in the last fiscal year. As per the report, the Ministry of Education has failed to meet its targets, making it the worst performing Ministry.
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Autonomy for universities in Burma is likely to be granted soon, though the extent to which higher education will be allowed to operate free of state interference remains unclear in a country where students have long agitated against unpopular governments. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, has called on UK university leaders to help her country rebuild its higher education system which she says has been virtually “destroyed” by 50 years of military rule. (more…)

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