PROJECTS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSIDE MYANMAR

Although the main focus of our work is the provision of scholarships at Universities outside of Myanmar, we recognise the vital need for wider provision of a high-quality education within the country itself. We fund an intensive English programme in Kachin State, and English language courses for Myanmar students at the British Council in Yangon. We are working in partnership with other English language providers across the country to reach students in rural areas.

With the help of funding from the US State Department Grant, Prospect Burma supports 3 organisations working with ex-political prisoners, and their families, in Myanmar. These are:

  • Sky Age Education Centre, funding to run residential intensive English and Computing courses for disadvantaged young people, including children of ex-political prisoners;
  • The Open Myanmar Society (OMI), funding to provide local governance training in ethnic areas of Myanmar;
  • The Former Political Prisoner Society (FPPS), funding to provide informative seminars to former political prisoners.

English Language Scholarships

Prospect Burma provides a small number of scholarships each year to enable Myanmar students to attend English courses and undertake their International English Language Test System (IELTS) exam. Achieving an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher enables these young people to apply to universities abroad.

Kachin Intensive English School

The Kachin Intensive English School (IEP), in the remote Mai Ja Yang village on the Chinese border in Kachin State, provides residential English language classes, computer studies and teacher training to approximately 80 students each year. The majority of students come from poor farming families and others from orphaned or one-parent backgrounds. Due to the ongoing conflict in Kachin State, many of these students would otherwise not have access to further education.

Historic projects

English Language Computer Training School, Delhi

There are still many Myanmar refugees living in Delhi, India. Until 2014 we ran the English Language and Computer Training School, which provided free English education training to Myanmar refugees from the mid 1990s. In 2008, we introduced computer training as well as English, but in 2014 took the decision to close the school due to dwindling student numbers.

The Thinking Classroom Foundation and Migrant Learning School

We funded teacher training for Myanmar teachers at the Thinking Classroom Foundation directed by Prospect Burma alumnus Dr Thein Lwin, as well as the Migrant Learning Centre for Myanmar refugees in Chiang Mai.

The Thinking Classroom Foundation has its headquarters in Bago, and runs workshops in critical thinking throughout Myanmar. The Migrant Learning Centre in Chiang Mai provides free English language, Thai language, computer studies and vocational learning to over 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand each year. Dr Thein Lwin also helped to found the Burmese Educationalists Network in 2011 to consider education reform inside Myanmar. The network members are students who have majored or are majoring in education, with the majority being scholarship alumni of Prospect Burma or OSF.