The November 2016 Student/Country Focus is provided by Thu Thu from Myanmar.
My name is Thu Thu and I am currently in my second year studying BA Education Studies at UCL Institute of Education. I was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar.
Until the military junta was officially dissolved in 2011, my country was under military rule for nearly five decades and we can see the repercussions of this in education.
I want to build on what I’m studying now with further research and look at implications for how we think about education reforms back in Myanmar. Hopefully, we all can come together, in our own ways, to make a positive impact.
Myanmar is a beautiful country, and there is always an energy of hope and possibilities for the future. 'This is Burma', wrote Rudyard Kipling. 'It is quite unlike any place you know about', and you should definitely come see it for yourself!
Thank you to all the international students for sharing their experiences of education in their countries.
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In spite of recent political and economic developments, a visit to a typical state school will reveal Dickensian conditions: limited and antiquated resources, teacher-centred methods that rely on rote learning, and until recently, corporal punishment. There are wide gaps in the social, economic and education levels between rural and urban Myanmar.
My mother was a German language lecturer at the University of Foreign Languages. When the time came for us to start school, she wanted the best education for me and my brother so she founded Pride International School Myanmar in 2001. Her aim was to provide an international standard education for local Burmese students. Throughout my years at school, I have witnessed countless students gain internationally recognised qualifications to broaden their opportunities in life and I’ve also experienced it myself.
This made me appreciate the doors that can open through educational opportunity, and I initially started studying Education Studies because I would like to continue building on the foundations laid by my mother. I’m sure that would have been great in itself and I still aim to do that, but over the past couple of years, my eyes have really been opened to the depth and breadth of the field, and also the ways in which thinking about education can be linked with other disciplines and the importance of education in the future of our country.