Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar

by BEAM Education Foundation
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Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
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Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Empower 20 Young Changemakers from Myanmar
Oct 17, 2019

CSIP Fall 2019 Update

ThelThel teaching at Wai Sai Moon (Myanmar temple)
ThelThel teaching at Wai Sai Moon (Myanmar temple)

Dear all,

Hope all is well! The “cold season” has officially started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Also, our students are in their first semester of this school year. Recently, they have just finished their mid-term exams—it has been busy at the universities. Despite having busier academic schedules, they are still working hard to volunteer and support local communities with their diverse skills. Su, Weh, Thel Thel and Chen have kindly shared their updates with us.  

On behalf of our students and BEAM, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your support of their educational and professional opportunities, which is tremendously beneficial both short- and long-term for our communities.

 

Su, 4th year studying Social Science at Chiang Mai University

How are you feeling about this semester?

My schoolwork is more comfortable than in the previous year. I think that three-year experiences have helped a lot and made me strong in this final year. I am not afraid of deadline because I can manage my time and my abilities very well. I am studying 4 courses: Resource Management and Development, Cultural, Political & Resistances, Geography of Migration, Environment & Social Movement in SEA. I feel happy in this semester because there are fewer assignments. I believe that I could improve my writing and presenting skills more and more by studying.

How did you do in your most recent exams?

I only took one in-class exam and one take-home exam for the midterm period. The results are not out yet. For exam preparation, I read a lot of academic readings and notes in order to analyze or criticize one issue from every dimension. Mostly, I like take-home exam more than in-class exam because it is less stressful for me.

 Have you participated in any events/community service recently?

I am volunteering as a Burmese language teacher, working with Shan children at a Buddhist temple and migrant workers at a construction site. 

What are your summer plans (classes, internship, work)? Or if you are graduating soon, what are you future plans?

I’m very interested in things such as social work (e.g., counseling with women victims), traveling, watching adventure movies, reading books and writing articles based on my experiences. As my future plan, I will work at SAW foundation because I would like to work at a shelter that takes care of orphans, supporting the people who have malnutrition and helping the women who escape from human trafficking and domestic violence. SAW is facing a lack of donors and financial supports. Thus, I want to find more donations or networking for SAW as much as I can. 

Is there anything else you would like to share/comment/ask us?

I would like to thank CSIP committee for supporting my education. The CSIP scholarship system is very suitable for me because I got not only financial supports but also new experiences with my internship. Also, I get to learn about Shan migrant workers and their livelihoods. I don't have other suggestion, and everything is fine for me.

 

 

Weh, 4th year studying IT at Payap University

How are you feeling about this semester?

Pretty great. I feel really calm because I have done taking 7 courses and passed them all. In order to graduate next year, I need to take more courses than before, like 7 courses for this semester and 6 courses for the coming semester. 

How did you do on your most recent exams?

I did great in most of the exams and the papers too. But there was one exam that I did really badly and I had been worried that I might fail. But I passed it gracefully. 

Have you participated in any events/community service recently?

I have been participating in church events as the Vice General Secretary of Church Youth. Also I worked in the media team by taking photos of the church activities. The most recent church event I have participated was the KBC Youth Day. I was part of the song-sing service leader team, and I led the youth to play a community-building game, which I have learned from the JUMP! Foundation’s Facilitator Training in Bangkok. (I and a number of BEAM staff and students attended the Facilitator Training together in September.) 

What are your summer plans (classes, internship, work)? Or if you are graduating soon, what are you future plans?

Before the end of the previous semester, I had planned to go back to my hometown to meet with my family and relatives. But I only got a very short semester break and also I was needed for BEAM’s impact assessment project, so my plan to go back to my hometown didn’t happen. So, I have been using my free time by volunteering at BEAM and at KWAT (Kachin Women's Association Thailand), where I was helping them to translate from Burmese to English and from Kachin to English.

 

 

ThelThel, 2nd year studying Social Science at Chiang Mai University

How are you feeling about this semester?

This first semester of the third year is the most challenging for me because I have to take seven courses. As I have to take seven courses this semester, it is very difficult for me to manage my time well in order to study each subject regularly every day. Additionally, I have to write weekly summary for Space subject and Migration class. Another subject is Research Methodology and it has weekly quiz. To be honest, all these subjects I take in this semester are more difficult. Moreover, I have 6 term papers to write and have to complete all by 6th December 2019. So, I am worried that my GPA will be dropped since every subject has been hard for me.

How did you do on your most recent exams?

I have finished mid-term examination two weeks ago and I had to sit only two subjects, which were Migration and Space subjects. As I did not have to take many subjects, I believed that I did well on both subjects.

Have you participated in any events/community service recently?

In this semester, I participated in leadership training from September 25-26 with my juniors for their activities. I got a chance to help them by preparing some activities. It was my first time joining this training and I got many experiences by helping them. Moreover, I intern at Wat Sai Moon (Myanmar temple) on every Saturday. My responsibility is teaching English to Shan children and it is a very wonderful internship for me. And also, I will have another internship at construction sites and I will be teaching Burmese to Shan children every Tuesday and Friday.

What are your summer plans (classes, internship, work)? Or if you are graduating soon, what are your future plans?

I do not have any special plans for my summer break because my final year will start again in June, and I may have only a few days of summer break.

Is there anything else you would like to share/comment/ask us?

Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for CSIP and teachers for continuously supporting my studies. CSIP provides me with not only financial assistance but also a lot of new knowledge, experience, and skills to contribute to our community. It is a good opportunity for me because I can apply these experiences and skills in the future after I graduate from the university. Thank you so much for your support.

 

 

Chen, 2nd year studying English for Communication at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University

The midterm exams have just ended for a few days. And I have a good feeling for the results.

I paused teaching at camp for a while during the examination period. However, I will resume it this week. Shan New Year is coming soon so P' Ying and I are planning to teach New Year songs to students after class. I hope the students will enjoy the classes and practice songs.

I would like to say that everything is going well with my studies and volunteer teaching as well.

Million thanks to BEAM and CSIP project for all of your support and encouragement.

 

 

BEAM Education Foundation is committed to supporting migrants, refugees, and underprivileged applicants who have a limited chance to further their studies and who have the potential to contribute to their communities. Among the migrant population in Thailand, there are more than 1,000 students finishing high school equivalency programs every year, but the opportunity to continue their education is restricted. Currently, only an estimated 25% of college-ready students are provided with the funding needed to attend university. Please help BEAM raise this number! Thank you very much for your support! 

Chen's students playing games during the break
Chen's students playing games during the break
Su checking students' exercises at temple
Su checking students' exercises at temple
Weh singing song during WCC Church service
Weh singing song during WCC Church service

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