Education


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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The Burmese government announced it will be offering scholarships for outstanding students who want study under- and postgraduate courses at international universities. It will reportedly be the first time in five decades that the government offers support for Burmese students to study abroad.
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Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) University’s on-campus housing accommodations are available for students enrolled in the 2014 academic year, but very few students have registered to live on campus.
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For more than ten years the Karenni Social Development Center has been educating young people on the Thai-Myanmar border in human rights, international law and environmental sustainability.
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It’s a rare day that good news emanates from the confines of Yangon’s Insein Prison.
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The most repeated motto under President Thein Sein is: “Building a modern developed nation through education”. For thousands of Rohingya Muslim schoolkids, education is a way of escaping from lifetime tragedy in locked internally displacedperson (IDP) camps and villages in Rakhine state. Such an environment, human rights groups say, is akin to the world’s” biggest openair prisons”. (more…)

Burma’s government has threatened to expel students who participate in political activities that lead to “unrest,” with a ministry issuing the warning to enrollees at the nation’s technological colleges and institutes.
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The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation has said it “strongly condemns” the Education Ministry’s new approach to handling transfer orders for Burma’s university educators, which will see their postings determined by peer-based performance evaluations.
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After passing a bill to allow the Mon language to be taught in government schools, the Mon State government is facing a shortage of teachers capable of doing the job, regional lawmakers said.
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A two-year education project for disabled children, promoting inclusive education, will begin in Burma’s Irrawaddy and Rangoon divisions next month, an organizer said.
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A US$100 million World Bank-backed project will improve the quality of education for more than 8 million Burmese schoolchildren and will extend financial assistance to some 100,000 underprivileged students, a release from the global lender said on Wednesday.
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The government has launched a website to inform the Burmese public and international community about efforts to overhaul the country’s public school system.
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Since late last year, over 100 Burmese children who left school to work at teashops in Rangoon have been able to resume their studies in a rather unique location: inside a bus that has been converted to a mobile classroom.
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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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