Nan Aye Zar Chi Htun
Nan Aye Zar Chi Htun was born in Karen State, and grew up during a time that the area was classified as a Brown Region, denoting an area of active conflict. Clashes between the Tatmadaw and local rebel armies were common.
As Nan grew up, she developed a passion for teaching. She would often support her fellow students, organising her own teaching sessions, and felt a great sense of pride in helping them to accomplish goals. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. However, she knew that the style of teaching she was experiencing at first hand was not productive or useful, and decided that she needed to go abroad. At an overseas university, she anticipated learning different teaching styles to the monotonous and ultimately fruitless rote learning she experienced at home.
Nan undertook a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Assumption University in Bangkok, with the support of Prospect Burma. When she returned to her home in Karen state, she worked for a while at the Education Gathering Group (EGG), a progressive education centre which is also run by a Prospect Burma alumnus. She decided that she wanted to be able to offer support to people from her village, and began teaching classes from her home in Hpa-An.
Nan Aye Zar Chi Htun now teaches English to young, primary school age students after school, and also pre-university skills to students who wish to study abroad. As well as English language, she teaches other skills which are not taught in Myanmar schools, such as presentation skills, speaking in public, critical thinking and questioning skills.