Pwint Khaing is the daughter of a school teacher and health visitor from Chaungyin Village who has used her Prospect Burma (PB) scholarship to follow in the footsteps of her Mother. Her village is situated in the southern port region of Bago, nestled between the forested mountains in the west and the Sittang River to the east.
Pwint graduated from Mahidol University in Thailand this summer, where she completed a Master degree in Health Social Science. Along with passing to an excellent A-grade standard, her vital research on teenagers born with HIV in Myanmar has been extremely well received and published online.
Her work has already had local and international impacts. Pwint’s study allowed her to complete important research on a national and global issue while volunteering as a teacher at Thukha Yeik Myon Home. She said: “It was an opportunity to contribute my academic work for those children not only in Myanmar but also in other countries”
Pwint is now working as a research assistant in Thailand on a study which assesses cross-border utilization of healthcare by Myanmar nationals. She believes that the expansion of research and development in the country is imperative to its development and has aspirations of further study so she can contribute to the growth of Myanmar.
Her time in Thailand has taught her many lessons in effective educational environments. Pwint has been shown the importance of the internet and qualified teachers in the fostering of learning. When she returns in December, the experiences Pwint has gained both in her studies and employment will return with her, contributing to the wealth of knowledge PB have helped to build with their scholarships which aim to create a bright future for Myanmar.