Cho Cho Win
Cho Cho Win was born in 1988 in a remote village near Chaungzon Township, Mon State, which is on an island separated from the mainland. One of eight children, she was born to farmers who struggled to support them through their education. This made her determined to excel at school, succeed in fulfilling her ambitions and to help bring better facilities to her isolated community.
After attaining a degree in Physics from Mawlamyine University, Myanmar in 2007 she worked as a volunteer Science teacher in her hometown. However, after her family got into debt problems they were forced to move to the Thai-Myanmar border to seek new opportunities. Cho Cho Win took the risk of crossing the border illegally, where she managed to get new qualifications, taking a course in Liberal Arts and securing employment as a project manager with Burma Border Link. She later returned to Yangon to work with the Thabyay Education Foundation, all the time acting as the breadwinner for six members of her family.
Cho Cho Win applied to Prospect Burma’s Learning to Leadership programme, to support her in a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Assumption University, Bangkok. She set out with the aim to “serve my community in a capacity that has for too long, ignored the needs of the people”. During her studies, she was selected as the moderator for a student run ‘Wave of Education’ seminar, as well as volunteering as a teacher of basic English and leadership skills to migrant workers.
Following graduation, Cho Cho Win has returned home and now works as a Programme Officer for the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE). PACE works to strengthen democratic institutions in Myanmar through safeguarding citizen rights and promoting public participation in the electoral process. Cho Cho Win is responsible for strengthening voter education through training sessions, focus group discussions and surveys. “I am very glad to work at PACE to… provide knowledge and educate citizens nationwide for voter and civic education.”