We seek funding to pay for US educators to travel to Burma and visit with Mother Home Schools (charity schools) run by members of the National league for Democracy (NLD), chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Through these visitations, we will provide primary research about the state of public education to the director of NLD Education Affairs Committee with recommendations for improvements. Additionally, we will hold educational seminars, provide classroom materials, and carry out hands-on training sessions with Burmese teachers. Through these activities, we hope to allow Mother Home schools to become more effective places of learning by introducing new ways of understanding students, managing classrooms, and teaching lessons.
Our Larger goals:
In Burma today, the public education system is broken. Less than half of all Burmese children complete primary school, and those that do are doing a little more than mindless repetition of content geared towards passing exams. In fact, an entire industry of private tutoring exists to supplement what students learn through the public schools. Without access to private tutoring, most students never have an opportunity to succeed or advance in school. The NLD Mother Home Schools aim to provide that missing private education to students unable to afford other private schools. Unfortunately, there is little coordination or standardization amongst the Mother Home Schools and many of the teachers are volunteers with little or no formal education in teaching. Project Paramie aims to start laying the groundwork for overcoming these challenges.
Our funding goals:
Our project seeks to fund the travel and lodging expenses of four primary education teachers and administrators from the US to Burma, to engage in four weeks of observations, seminars, and on-hand training for four to six NLD Mother Home Schools in and around Yangon. We estimate the project expenses will be roughly $15,000.