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2016 Sao Thusandi Award Announcement

The Sao Thusandi Leadership Award for 2016 has been awarded to Sai Su, the 28-year-old general secretary of the Panglong Township branch office of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD). The Leadership Award committee would like to, in particular, recognize Sai Su’s tireless efforts working on behalf of ethnic communities, and his determination in ensuring that the National Ethnic Youth Conference took place in Panglong this year, despite threats from central authorities. Sai Su has also been active working on delivering much-needed assistance to civilians displaced by conflict in Shan State.

Established in 2008 by Inge Sargent (Sao Thusandi), the former Mahadevi of Hsipaw, the Sao Thusandi Leadership Award honors young people from Shan State who are working towards community development, peace and democracy in Shan State, particularly those working to preserve local customs and culture. Sai Su’s tireless efforts on behalf of ethnic communities in Burma embody the very principles for which the award was established. The Award Committee would like to offer its warm congratulations to Sai Su and hope that this recognition of his work will continue to encourage others to follow in the footsteps of Sai Su and other former recipients of the Sao Thusandi Leadership Award.


2017 Sao Thusandi Award Nominations

The Sao Thusandi Award honors young people from Shan State who are committed to taking a leadership role in establishing a democratic, peaceful and thriving Shan State. The purpose of the Award is to encourage and support the awardees in their work to uphold local customs and culture. As they move forward, the awardees inspire others in Shan State to follow their example in pursuit of a democratic society in their homeland, which presents more opportunities for all.

US $3,000 is given to the awardee.

Nominations are due September 15, 2017.

Click to download the PDF nomination form, and send the completed form to saothusandi@partnersasia.org.

Eligibility for Award

Award candidates must have demonstrated a capacity for leadership in their community. They must also have shown an appreciation for democratic processes in promoting community development projects. They must be 35 years of age or younger on December 31st of the current year, and they cannot have received this award before. They must have been born in the Shan State, speak Shan, and have the desire to live in Shan State when that is possible.

Guidelines for nominations
Nominations must be in English. A complete nomination includes the following:

  • Completed application form, filled in by nominator. (Please note that individuals may not nominate themselves.) Application forms may be downloaded here.
  • Two letters of reference for the candidate. Letters of recommendation should highlight why the individual is being recommended for the award and how long the nominator has been aware of the individual’s contributions.

Please send the completed nomination form to saothusandi@partnersasia.org.

Nominations must be received by September 15, 2017

The selection of the winning candidate will be made by Inge Sargent and a panel of local advisors.

Award Presentation

The award will be presented by a representative of Inge Sargent, in a setting selected by the said representative. Publicity, if any, will be determined by the circumstances.

More on the award and a list of previous awardees.