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The Myanmar education system
Myanmar, once known as Burma, has seen decade-long conflicts that have narrowed a once proud educational system to an educational system that is unfortunately trailing behind. Schoolteachers may be of outstanding standard, but the ageing material is unfortunately failing them. After a preschool time of 5 years, the kids go to school.
Pupils in the first stage of upper and lower education go through classes 6 to 8 before taking their eight exams. In general, the school system is dirty, with places in better institutions, often reserved for kids with governmental interrelations. Pupils of the 9th class can decide for an art or natural sciences course.
They are all studying Myanmar, England and math. Art majors also studied geographics, historiography and economy, while natural scientists concentrated instead on geometry, physic and biological sciences. By the end of this time, undergraduates can take their higher education entry exams at state colleges. However, in the case of privately funded Englishschools. Burma is well equipped with the broadest selection of classes available at various colleges.
However, academia is still restricted and the student is not allowed to talk, post or disclose their work. Nevertheless, women's hostels are severely restricted, which is filtering many highly prospective girls out of the country.
University of Yangon (St. Hugh's Burma Summer School)
Completed an internship at Yangon University (St. Hugh's Burma School), Yangon, Myanmar, in the context of the program in 2015. Then, it was our daily job to discover Yangon, to go swimming and to do research until the afternoons course at 3:30 pm. Weeks were over Yangon.
The program really enlightened me about this amazing land with a week's vacation to see the most important sights and a lot of culture-diving. I mean, we lived in the college youth hostel, seven of us in the same room. Besides, we had a whole free period to visit the land.
Burma is a very interesting place and I am really happy that I stayed there for two month. It is unlikely that I would come back here because the treatment of females in that land is very different. It is a unique event. During our stay in Myanmar we were involved in the full moon celebrations (Wazo) and on every occasion we received toasting!
There were also classes in Myanmar and in folk dance, as well as suggestions for what we should do with our afternoons. One of the most satisfactory things about the program was the student's progression. At first I was afraid that the pupils would benefit little from our teaching, but they all became more and more self-assured in their speech and showed that they had fantasy and ardor.
It was definitely a challenge, and the Youth hostel was very different from our Oxford College (eight in one room, mosquitos, hot showers), but in general, life at the Youth Inn gave us a good idea of what it was like to be a studentmur. I got up every morning at 6.30am and had breakfast - either in the inn with brown bread or some small brioches.
Usually I would first talk to my pupils in a lecture and find out how their study is going, and then I' d start playing some matches. Finally, I would get my grade to create their own land, think about how they would like to run their land, what their banner would look like, what languages their folks would talk (etc.) and then present it.
Then I went to the libary and worked at the college until noon. I have a permanent feeling that Myanmar is a captivating but complicated land. It was only two years ago that the college re-opened after it was closed in 1988 after students protested. But sometimes it felt like there were unexpressed tensions, because November was only three month away and it is not clear what will come after the poll.
Pupils were so excited to study and talk to you - it really felt like a real honor and I had some really interesting talks. A lot of what I gained from the placement comes from my friend's student and extended thanks to her friends who showed us both Naypitaw and Mandalay.