Project information

Educate an educator

Prospect Burma will provide scholarships for two Burmese students to study for a Master's degree in Educational Administration at university in Thailand. The course will prepare them to take a leading role in setting up education initiatives in poor rural areas on their return to Burma.

August 2016 - August 2017

Charity information: Prospect Burma

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  • Need

    Need

    Although Burma has made progress in widening access to education, great disparities exist in education provision in different parts of the country. Primary school enrolment rates have risen and many new schools have been constructed in urban areas, but children and young people in remote, rural areas are largely neglected by government education provision. In many states there is no education beyond age 14; university provision in Burma is sparse and does not meet international standards.

    Solution

    Prospect Burma will fund two students from rural areas of Burma to gain a Masters qualification in Educational Administration. The leadership skills and specialist knowledge they will acquire from their course of study will enable them to return home as innovators and advisors to establish educational initiatives in their communities that will help plug current gaps in state provision. Grass roots projects such as these are sustainable, and have a powerful impact on local communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide scholarships for 2 students to gain a Master's degree in Educational Administration.

    Activities

    » Identify students with the motivation to successfully complete a Master's programme based on evidence from their application forms.
    » Identify students with academic credentials required for Master's level study based on their grade transcripts from previous courses
    » Verify students' qualifications and stated motivations by taking up a minimum of one recent academic reference for each applicant.

    Both students successfully complete their Master's in Educational Administration in 2017.


    Aim 2

    To establish effective education based initiatives meeting local needs in Mon and Shan states.

    Activities

    » We support returning students through our alumni network and and other contacts in Burma who can offer advice and support on the ground.

    Both students return home to set up grass roots community education initiatives. We anticipate that at least 50 new students would be trained through these projects within 5 years.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will help to address the education, knowledge and skills gap that slows Burma's progress towards economic development and democracy, particularly in rural areas. We will demonstrate success by asking students to feed back to us regarding the progress and specific achievements of their projects at regular intervals of 1, 3 and 5 years post graduation.

    Risk

    There is a risk that the students could drop out or fail to pass the course. We have dealt with this by creating a rigorous application procedure that enables us to identify students with the motivation and commitment to complete the course, as well as the appropriate academic qualifications. Also, students could fail to return to Burma. We have dealt with this by securing their agreement to return home as a condition of taking up the scholarship.

    Reporting

    Supporters of the project will receive a report about each student at the beginning and end of the funding period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Tuition fees Tuition for 2 students on MA in Educational Administration at university in Thailand
      £2,000 Accommodation Housing costs for 2 students for 1 year in
      £2,000 Living Costs 2 x food and bills for 1 academic year
      £1,000 Associated costs of study 2 x internet charges, text books, stationery and field trips
  • Background

    Location

    The education system is Burma has failed the population; in many states there is no education available after Grade 10 (age 14), and often children are unable to complete their schooling even to this level. The few universities that are open do not provide an education that reaches international standards. Therefore, it remains necessary to enable young Burmese men and women to attend university overseas so that they can acquire the knowledge and skills vital to transform civil society in Burma.

    Beneficiaries

    The lives of the individual students we support, and adults and children from their local communities in rural Burma will be transformed by this project. Local communities will have access to further education, providing them with skills and increased opportunities for employment that will bring many future social and economic benefits to these families. Education is vital not only for economic development but also for tackling social issues such as gender based violence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Prospect Burma has been awarding grants to Burmese young people for twenty-five years. Through our scholarship programme, over 1300 scholars have attended universities abroad to acquire the knowledge, skills and life experience essential to aid the country's development towards becoming a prosperous, democratic, open and just society. Our alumni have launched many important initiatives and community projects in key areas such as education, healthcare, public administration and agriculture.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Josh Bowsher

    Josh is our Scholarships Administrator, the key contact for students. He provides support and monitors progress during their course of study.

    Patricia Herbert

    Patricia is a founding trustee. She has an intimate knowledge of Burma and a network of contacts there who offer help and advice to returning students