Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar

by Myanmar Center for Civic Leadership
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar
Youth-Led Peace Building in Post Conflict Myanmar

Dear Friends, 

We are honored and grateful to share that we have exceeded our fundraising goal for Youth-Led Peacebuilding by more than $2,000 dollars! Thank you for your generosity and support. Your contributions have provided advocacy, interfaith, and research training to young community leaders from post-conflict Myanmar. Our graduates have gone on to implement community projects that strengthen media literacy, build economic resilience, and improve access to healthcare. 

Since we have achieved our goal, we will be retiring the funding page for this project. The additional funds raised will support our second class of community leaders, a group of young women from Yangon who will begin the program in April. You can read more about this project here

Thank you again for supporting the work we do. Please keep in touch!

With gratitude, 

Carolyn

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Last month, supported by your generous donations, our youth-led peacebuilding projects concluded in Rakhine State, Yangon, and Mandalay. We are thrilled to report that our participants have taken initiatives to continue their peace building work beyond the scope of the program. It is our pleasure to share with you some updates on the continuation of the work you have made possible.

  • Safe Online Spaces trainer Zaw*, who conducted media literacy workshops in Sittwe, is now partnering with local civil society organizations to launch a working group focused on disseminating accurate news and media reports.
  • Our Mandalay team, who compiled research reports on homeless populations living in informal settlements, is using their findings to advocate for economic interventions.
  • Based on lessons learned from our first class, MCCL’s Program Team is preparing to launch a community and political leadership program for young women from rural Myanmar. (You can read more about the project here.)

Thank you again for your support and happy holidays from Myanmar!

With gratitude,

Carolyn

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A Rakhine research team finalizes their proposal
A Rakhine research team finalizes their proposal

As the inaugural Myanmar Peace Maker class enters its final month, we want to share a few stories from the work that your support has made possible.

Workshop participants researched, designed, and proposed four community peacebuilding projects at the end of the Peace Maker class. Their ideas included providing health and human rights education to children living in informal settlements and hosting agricultural training for low-income families in conflict regions. They based their proposals on three months of outreach, interviewing and surveying members of their community. Each idea addresses a need they discovered in the course of their research.

One powerful learning to emerge from the course was the recognition that Myanmar communities who often feel isolated from one another share many of the same struggles. After listening to research presentations by her colleagues in Yangon, one participant from Rakhine State observed, “We have the same problems. I didn’t think anyone in Rakhine would say ‘I have the same problem in my community as someone in Yangon,’ but our research says this is the truth.”

Thanks to your donations during the June Accelerator, we were able to provide full grant funding to all four community projects. Key outcomes include:

  • 50 young people in Yangon’s informal settlements received health and human rights trainings
  • 20 teenagers in Rakhine State participated in a media literacy workshop designed to reduce hate speech
  • Volunteers reached over 400 homeless people in Mandalay Region to provide information on citizen’s rights and registration procedures
  • 30 low-income families in two conflict-affected villages will receive agricultural training

Two young women from Yangon, Hnin and Su Su, began their research by investigating why so many teenagers in low-income families were not in school. They found that pressures to care for children and find work at an early age were depressing school enrolment. They also learned that early marriage, combined with a lack of access to family planning, helped perpetuate this cycle.

In response, these Peace Makers designed a four-day workshop for young people living in Yangon’s informal settlements. A doctor provided information on safe childcare for infants as well as on family planning. A lawyer spoke about Myanmar’s labor laws and children’s rights. More than fifty young people between the ages of 14 – 18 attended the workshop. A sixteen-year-old participant told organizer Su Su that it was the first time she had ever seen or spoken with a doctor.

A Note on Rakhine: Half of Peace Maker participants live in Rakhine State, where violence has intensified in the last two weeks. We are relieved to report that all participants are safe. One project has been postponed until the situation stabilizes.

Youth Researchers on their first day of outreach
Youth Researchers on their first day of outreach

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Myanmar Center for Civic Leadership

Location: Yangon - Myanmar
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Project Leader:
Carolyn Nash
Yangon, Myanmar

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