On 25 November 2017 the Myanmar office held the first ever Alumni Conference. The event was organised to help us to reconnect with our change makers (formerly called alumni), to find out what they are doing and how we can support each other.
In total, 35 Prospect Burma change makers attended the event which was held at Yangon Academy International School. They came from all around the country, primarily from Yangon itself, but there were also attendees from Mandalay and the states of Kayin, Chin, Shan, Mon, and Kachin.
The event was opened by PB trustee Michael Maret-Crosby, who introduced attendees to the origins of PB. Myanmar Country Manager Hnin Nwe Nwe Aung spoke about our current operations and programmes, and finally Executive Director Hannah Marcazzo gave an introduction to our plans for the future, and in particular how we want to work with change makers to best offer them support. Over the course of the day there was group work, allowing alumni to get to know each other and offer ideas and strategies for working with PB. There were two corporate speakers, one from our partner PUMA/NEPAS and one from MyJobs, a Myanmar recruitment agency. Five change makers also made presentations, demonstrating some of the amazing work that they are doing.
Our aim for the day was to help build networks, demonstrate what PB is doing to support our graduates, meet other alumni and show how they can continue to be involved. The day was a great success, and we plan on holding an annual event of this kind in the future, to help build stronger bonds with our incredible change makers.