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Bridging the Gap – Migrant Education Integration Initiative


Written by Michou Tchana-Hyman BEAM Education Foundation Children of a Broken Educational System I arrived in Thailand last year and became aware of the startling number of children working on the streets and at home during normal school hours. In Chiang Mai, a bustling city nestled in the foothills that continue into Northern Thailand, many migrants come seeking work. Here, I joined The Bridging Educational Access to Migrants (BEAM) Foundation and focused on the Migrant Education Integration Initiative (MEII) where […]

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Digital Dreams – Computers for Myanmar Schools


Digital Dreams (c) Anne Barnett

San Francisco Bay Area teen Lily Barnett developed and implemented Digital Dreams. Lily has traveled in Southeast Asia with her parents, long time Partners Asia supporters, Jim and Annie Barnett. This year Lily fulfilled a dream for many small school children. Personally raising $3,800 from family and friends, Lily launched her own project Digital Dreams with the assistance of Partner’s Asia and in February she traveled to Yangon to deliver computers to a monastic school on the outskirts of Yangon. […]

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Yangon Monastic Schools Site Visit


A path to learning. Recently, I had the privilege of joining Kaung Nyunt, Partners Asia Special Projects Director, to visit two monastery schools near Yangon to learn more about our partners in the field. Partners Asia works closely with local Burmese NGO, EduNet, and through this partnership we improve education for children as well as strengthening communities, improving health and sanitation. Although close to the city, in the first school the level of poverty was immediately evident. Despite the lack […]

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2013 International Day of Peace – Myanmar


21 September 2013 – building national peace Partners Asia staff in Yangon and local partner EduNet joined in the celebrations for the International Day of Peace in Yangon. EduNet organized for teachers and children – in their home made “We Love Peace” T-shirts – from some of the sixteen schools in Yangon’s poorest areas to come to the center of the city and join the march from the park to City Hall. Despite the rain, which was very heavy all […]

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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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Naw Bway Khu (Snow) — Meiskwe Myanmar standing tall


Our long term partner Naw Bway Khu (Snow) has been getting increasingly involved in advocacy work with other NGOs in the new, more open Myanmar. She recently attended a high level meeting in Nay Pyi Daw, the capital city, along with other local NGOs and the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation to discuss the new draft law on the registration of local NGOs.   I am sure our supporters who met with Snow when she travelled to San Francisco last year […]

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Displaced people in Myanmar are getting Assistance from Kachin Development Group – KDG


After 17 years of ceasefire between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army (KIA), fighting once again broke out in June 2011 in the country’s north, internally displacing some 50,000 people who have sought safety in the camps. Partners Asia works with community leaders in areas controlled by either side. One local partner operating in KIA areas, the Kachin Development Group (KDG), has been working feverishly in these overcrowded camps to counter problems that have proliferated among the children and […]

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English – The Missing Link for Myanmar’s Pink Nuns


I always dreamed of having some sort of international career but scoffed at the idea of teaching English overseas — it just wasn’t glamorous enough — so instead I opted for a career in luxury goods, marketing iconic diamonds around the world. But it wasn’t until my return to Burma – Myanmar that I finally understood the dazzle of English teaching. I flew to rural Shan State to visit Buddhist nunneries where women and girls are robed in pinks with […]

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