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.