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Education in Chin State

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Title: Myanmar Chin education and the cycle of poverty
Date of publication: December 2013
Description/subject: "For the past three weeks, every morning before the primary school starts in Ngon Laung village in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, Ba Thein, the principal, looks for a teenage student who has been absent for nearly one month. Because of the late start to their education, some 17 percent of the primary school population is up to 13 years old, which is beyond the usual age of nine when most pupils finish primary school, said Bertrand Bainvel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in Myanmar. He noted that older students are often at high risk of having to abandon their studies due to pressure to earn money. “We wish she [would] come back to school,” said Ba Thein, looking out the window of his one-room wooden school in the valley where Ngon Laung is located – home to 184 inhabitants and a two-hour motorbike trip over rough terrain from Kanpetlet, a township in a mountainous area near the border with Bangladesh. Chin is the poorest state in Myanmar and also one of the most remote. Around 52 percent of the students leave school before the age of 10, in part because they are called to help with housework or traditional hillside farming, said Ba Thein..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "IRN - humanitarian news and analysis"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 17 December 2014

Title: Overview of the Right to Education for the Chins in Burma
Date of publication: 21 December 2010
Description/subject: "According to 2008 figures from the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), there are 109,334 students in Chin State, making up a fifth of the total population of 533,047 in the State.[1] The same statistics show that there are 4,777 teaching staff in Chin State. This means that in theory there is an average of one teacher for every 22 students. However, this is generally not the case especially in rural areas where up to 200 students share a single teacher.[2] Understaffing is a major impediment to access to quality education in the rural areas, which comprise the larger portion of Chin State. In many areas, one school is shared by up to four to five villages in the area. With only 49 high schools, there is no higher learning institution such as college or university in Chin State. High school graduates must continue their higher education outside of Chin State, an added barrier to educational access for Chin students, as well as, a financial burden for parents with one or more students studying in colleges or universities."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
Format/size: html, pdf (103K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/images/stories/files/Overview_of_the_Right_to_Education_for_the_Chins_in_Burma_C...
Date of entry/update: 15 December 2014

Title: Literacy and Language Maintenance in Chin State, Myanmar
Date of publication: 2001
Description/subject: Adult Literacy Project. Chin Association for Christian Communication. "There are seven States and seven Division in Myanmar. Chin State is one of the States. There are nine townships in Chin State of which the people of the three townships Hakha, Thantlang, Matupi speak the Lai language. Beside these townships, there are also Lai speaking communities in Falam, Paletwa and Mindat townships in Chin State, and in Rakhine State and Magwe and Sagaing Divisions within Myanmar..."
Author/creator: Bawi Hu
Language: English
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2016

Title: No education for persecuted Chin Children
Description/subject: "Burma, a former British colony of around 59 million people, is ruled by fear. 'A military machine of 400,000 soldiers denies a whole nation its most basic rights,' according to the Burma Campaign UK. Despite recent elections, much of Burma today lies ravaged by civil war, its brutal military regime responsible for rape, slavery, mass killings and disappearances..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Children on the Edge"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 15 December 2014