Education


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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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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