Kamaylar was born in rural Kayah State, to parents who were farmers, in 1986. Over the following years, Kamaylar has watched her country grow and change immeasurably. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in 2013, she decided to continue her studies in an area which is incredibly important to the future of her country, education.
Kamaylar received a Prospect Burma scholarship to undertake a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Assumption University, Bangkok. With education in Myanmar still heavily restricted, it is a big area of future growth for the country.
She decided to undertake this particular area of study with the aim of being able to help other young people like herself, who grew up in Kayah State to achieve their full potential. She told us “I can set an example to the young villagers of how much they can achieve and succeed by completing their studies.”
This is a matter she is very passionate about, and she decided to focus her Master’s thesis on teachers working in her hometown of Loikaw, Kayah State. “Since I conducted my thesis research about the organisational commitment and job satisfaction of teachers in Myanmar, I got to know teaching life more and observe that even though commitment is very high, most teachers are not satisfied with their job. Consequently, I believe that my research could be used to serve teachers in Myanmar.”
Kamaylar volunteered for a year alongside her studies, teaching English to Burmese migrant workers living on the Thai-Burma border areas as part of the Overseas Karen Refugees Social Organisation.
Now she has completed her studies, Kamaylar has taken her skills and experience back to her home town of Loikaw. She currently works for the Mines Advisory Group, an NGO that works with people who have been affected by landmines. They work predominantly in Loikaw, where they provide lifesaving mine risk education to people who are dependent for their livelihoods on land that is riddled with mines and unexploded ordnance from decades of internal conflict.
She told us “I have a plan of working in an organisation to benefit my people and my nation. I intend to identify issues of educational significance to the public…I am strong enough to struggle towards my ambition.”