Education


The All Burma Federation of Student Unions – known as Ba Ka Tha – and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law. (more…)

Modern Myanmar’s political metamorphosis from dictatorship towards democracy has resulted in lifting the heavy burden of political and financial sanctions and led to an influx of tourists and foreign investors. Newly formed joint ventures have strengthened ties between Myanmar and countries in Asia and beyond. The former cash-based economy is transforming into a modern credit-based system. During the last three years, global brands have brought infrastructure and job opportunities. Despite economic progress being yet to be matched by advances in some other sectors, including education, the people remain hopeful that further political reforms will lead to a more equal and free society. Much credit must be given to those whose vision has driven the emergence of the new Myanmar, for it those who are most adaptable to change that survive in the age of globalisation. (more…)

Australia have pledged US$100 million in assistance to improve education for millions of Burmese students. (more…)

The Union government will provide a stipend for schoolteachers who teach ethnic minority languages in Burma, according to ethnic leaders, in what they say would be a major win for ethnic minorities’ cultures and rights. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) is planning to hold an all-Myanmar students’ emergency meeting in November, said ABFSU central working committee and research committee official Aung Hmine San. (more…)

Students from Monywa University in Sagaing Division on Wednesday launched a campaign opposing the National Education Bill. (more…)

Only eight percent of displaced Muslim children in western Burma’s Arakan State have access to secondary education, according to a senior education coordinator. (more…)

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation (MTF) said it plans to cooperate with students’ organizations and join their protests against the National Education Bill if the proposed legislation is not revised in Parliament in the coming weeks. (more…)

A student activist was arrested on Saturday and is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the illegal detention in May of two Chinese workers by local villagers who oppose the Chinese-backed copper mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) said.  (more…)

Opposition to Burma’s National Education Bill continues to grow as the draft moves closer to approval. (more…)

The University Students Union released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the National Education Bill; at the same time it launched an awareness campaign in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon.
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In late July, the Union Parliament approved the National Education Bill and the legislation, which is still awaiting approval by the president, is meant to overhaul Burma’s derelict education system. Under previous military governments, the system suffered from neglect, underfunding and outdated teaching methods.
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Burma was ranked 134 among 148 countries in a Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, released by the World Economic Forum on 3 September.
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Forget your typical school district. If you’re a student in Karen State, what matters most for your education is whether you live in a white, gray or black zone.
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Burma’s main group representing teachers has said it cannot endorse the National Education Bill because the government failed to conduct proper consultation and heed advice on the law.
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A compulsory middle school education for all children in Burma would help to eradicate child labour in the country, several educational experts have said.
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A pressure group for educational reform have sent a letter on August 22 to the government and parliament demanding a percentage of classes taught in ethnic minorities communities be taught in the language of that community.
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On the streets of Mandalay, groups of children wander between restaurants, teashops and pagodas selling flowers. The bouquets brighten up the days of locals and tourists alike; however it is a tough day’s work for these children, many of whom miss out on school. (more…)

The school in Sittwe faces excessive overcrowding, with up to 90 children in each classroom [Reuters]
Sittwe, Myanmar – Just over two years ago, minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists studied side by side in the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar.
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In Burma’s remote and impoverished Chin State — the poorest region of the country — a minimal 8,000 teachers educate more than 110,000 registered students in only 1,300 schools. In an effort to improve the state’s dismal education system, regional officials have announced that they will hire an additional 1,640 teachers.
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