Education


From earthquakes in Nepal to flooding in Burma, disasters damage or destroy thousands of schools, leaving hundreds of thousands of children unable to go to class, yet education is often overlooked in humanitarian responses, according to Save the Children.

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For hundreds of years, monks have provided a valuable service to Myanmar’s poor, with the country’s monastic education schools granting those from underprivileged families of all religions an education they would normally be unable to afford.

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Lower House MPs from Nay Pyi Taw Council area are trying to set up a university in the area, the MPs told Mizzima this week.

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Migrant student passing the university matriculation examination dropped to 22 % this year causing concerns to migrant teachers on the bias in the current system.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) here on Thursday (June 9) morning.

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Student Unions and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) have formed the Nationwide Federation of Student Unions which will meet Education Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi at the Higher Education Department on May 29.

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On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts.
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Myanmar’s government has published its first ever Public Expenditure Review, which details recent ramp-ups in health and education spending and outlines a range of challenges to improving public spending.
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Stung by criticism after one of its members refused to credit the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi with securing the release of dozens of student activists last Friday, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) has issued a statement expressing gratitude for the move.
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The European Union has welcomed the release of student protesters in Myanmar, according to a statement issued April 9.
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Immediately following her appointment as State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi announced plans to secure the release of political prisoners and detained activists “as soon as possible.”
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Jailed student activists standing trial for taking part in education reform protests have slammed the head of Burma’s permanent mission to the United Nations for describing them as mere criminals.
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In October 2013, we commented on the need for the reform of agriculture and closely related fields, including veterinary science, in Myanmar (see “Agricultural Reform: It Don’t Come Easy”). In particular, we raised the urgent need to merge the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. We also suggested reform of the training of graduates who support agricultural, veterinary and related fields by creating a comprehensive university to train them.
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In 2012, during the early days of Myanmar’s transition to democracy, U Gambira sat in the front row of a crowded hall at Yangon University and listened while U.S. President Barack Obama delivered an historic speech.
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One in five children aged 10 to 17 in Myanmar go to work instead of school, according to figures from a census report on employment published on Monday.
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On March 10, 2015 hundreds of student protestors were at a standstill near the city of Letpadan in Myanmar.

They had reached the eighth day of a standoff between largely peaceful activists marching for academic freedom, and the police forces who were blocking their path when, suddenly, things came to a head. Police began beating students violently, including those who had fallen to the ground. Some tried to flee, and hundreds were arrested.
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Myanmar’s incoming finance minister said Wednesday he was shocked to discover his PhD is fake after netizens pointed out he had been a victim of a high profile scam run out of Pakistan that ensnared thousands of others.
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Goldsmith Thinkha told Mizzima that he would provide free goldsmith training to unemployed youths who had little job opportunities in honour of newly elected President Htin Kyaw from National League for Democracy (NLD).
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Burma’s President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday that a proposal he put forward last week to reorganise the country’s administrative structure would save money for use in underfunded sectors.
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Detained students from the student protest column and civilian supporters have announced that they will boycott and refuse to cooperate with the unfair justice system at upcoming court hearings.
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