Category Archives: Education

Business Plan Training for Burmese Migrants

We spent several days in late February 2014 in Thailand presenting a training in business plan development to Burmese Community Learning Center teachers and youth leaders. THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY IN RANONG As described in a previous Partners Asia post, Ranong Community Learning June 2012, there is a substantial Burmese migrant community in and around Ranong. Located on the coast in southern Thailand, Ranong is a short boat ride from Kaw Thaung, the southern-most town in Myanmar/Burma. Burmese families have moved here […]

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Mary and Heather Visit With Meikswe Myanmar

Meikswe Myanmar in Northern Shan State We left Mandalay and drove eight hours on a winding road through the mountains toward China to Lashio in northern Shan State. We had spent five days in Lashio two years ago and were looking forward to visiting our friends who work for Meikswe Myanmar. Meikswe is a small local NGO, long supported by Partners Asia, which does health, education, and community development work. Helping People Living with HIV/AIDS Meikswe was founded more than […]

C.H.E.K.’S work with ethnic villagers in the Golden Triangle

We have spent five days in the Kyaing Tong region of Burma/Myanmar learning about the work that Partners Asia supports through its partner C.H.E.K. (Community Health and Education Kyaing Tong). Flying into the town of Kyaing Tong we saw that it is a remote, mountainous area terraced with rice fields and some forests, 650 miles from the urban center of Yangon.  We later learned that until recently this area was the scene of armed conflict, sometimes one ethic group fighting […]

EduNet educational approach

Heather and Mary Partners Asia Supporters For several days in January 2014, we have had the great good fortune of witnessing first hand how the building blocks of Burma’s new democracy can be constructed one child, one parent, one teacher at a time.  We visited four very different Buddhist monastic schools in which EduNet, a partner of Partners Asia, is working. EduNet is a small, locally-based NGO working to improve education for the very poorest children in the slums in […]

Southeast Asia Field Report: Education

Visiting Dama Haywon I visited Dama Haywon for a meeting with the management and financial team to work with the team on their budget and budget management. The school has a good team to run the program said they are glad to know how to improve their financial system. This year, one school from the branch increased the grades they were teaching from standard 4 to standard 8. The students in and around the village can attend the school, which […]

EduNet works with children cleaning up trash at their school

EduNet – making cleaning up fun! EduNet is a partner organization that works primarily in monastic education schools in the slum areas of Yangon.  There are four teams working on different aspects of community school development – teacher training, health education and prevention; reading skills and library development and children’s psycho-social well being.  The Health and Child teams frequently work together, and this year they have worked with teachers to create school councils. Groups where children are invited to join […]

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5th EduNet Schools’ Coordination Meeting

In July, I was lucky to be able to attend the 5th EduNet Schools’ Coordination Meeting, this time held at Maw Kyun school. Teachers, monks and nuns from the 16 schools that the EduNet teams now work in (an additional 6 new schools have been added as part of their new 3-year plan) attended the meeting. It was heartening to see how far the teachers have come in the 3-years that EduNet has been working with them to improve the […]

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Migrant children empowered through changes in education – Myanmar-Thailand

Even as Myanmar’s politics improve and opportunities grow for people inside, needs remain sobering for the 3 to 4 million migrants just across the border in Thailand. For more than 20 years Partners Asia’s team has worked with Myanmar migrant communities, during the long period when millions were escaping Burma’s conflicts and dire poverty. The large Thai economy still depends on and entices Myanmar workers, despite the exploitation, prejudice, and even criminal intent that many migrants encounter to work there. […]

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Sound Education Policy, Key to Myanmar’s Future

The past six months have witnessed unprecedented and unpredicted political changes for Burma – Myanmar. As Myanmar opens up, there has been a welcome response from the international community, as donors and international aid organizations have sought to increase their presence in-country and assist with the democracy-building process. As part of this process, attention is at last being paid to the dire state of education provision in Myanmar, and UNICEF and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) negotiated with the government to […]

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Study Tour on Two Wheels with Partners Asia

John H., this post’s author, went on Partners Asia’s donor biking trip in January and February 2013. Once a Seattleite, John has lived and worked in Thailand for the past several years. You can also check out John’s other posts about this trip here and here. Here is our daily routine on this wonderful Partners Asia tour of pastoral bicycle routes and bootstrap community-based organizations (CBOs) in southeastern Myanmar – Burma: Wake up early, breakfast at the hotel, bike alongside rivers […]