Although Burma seemed at the head of the Asian pack in the 1940s with respect to education, the installation of military government cost my country decades of back-tracking. Now Burma ranks 164th out of 168 countries for educational spending relative to national income; half of children drop out after 5 years. Unofficial fees make education inaccessible to large rural families, while the government’s critical view of university scholars pushed many of the brightest out of country.
After studying language and literature at University of East Yangon (Tarwa), I set out to improve the model of education in Myanmar. Creative, flexible, challenging curricula are available to the wealthiest families, but I hope that I could help to expand quality opportunities to all.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.