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Myanmar Young Leaders Programme

Leadership programme based in Wellington, New Zealand, for young NGO/CSO leaders from Myanmar

Enthusiastic Young Leaders Meet Online

Ten young leaders from Mindanao and Indonesia respectively have started their sustainable development course and met one another online for the first time. As with other years, participants are from different places, ethnicities, and civil society work, including a labour rights activist from Mindanao and an educator supporting migrant workers and refugees in Indonesia. Thanks …

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Treaty Principles Promoted in Remote Myanmar

Issues of land rights pose ongoing problems for many of the minority ethnic groups in Myanmar. So it was not surprising that a discussion on te Tiriti o Waitangi in a land management and governance workshop run by Paul (MYLP 2020) resonated with the Kachin people from the remote Hukawng Valley in the very north …

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Successful Eco Project Sustains Whole Myanmar Village

In a remote village in Myanmar, a recent harvest of gourd, corn, pumpkin, beans, cucumber, radish, and marrow – to mention just a few of the many crops – provides clear evidence of the success of the Ecovillage Project. Started in 2019by Khin Zar Chi Latt, a Myanmar Young Leader programme alumna (MYLP 2016), this permaculture …

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Online learning a hit with Young Leaders

Positive feedback from participants of the Indonesia and Mindanao Young Leader Programmes reflected how relevant and enjoyable online learning has been made by the programme managers, Caroline Novak, Laila Harre and Alex Hill. As one young leader from Mindanao said, One thing I found really interesting in this journey was that online learning can be …

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Youth voice brings changes in Myanmar border camps

Songs, poems, and video clips have illustrated the experiences of young people from Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps in northern Myanmar. Working in pairs, these 154 young men and women shared stories of their lives in a small co-designed project on the Kachin border with China, funded by UnionAID. Common concerns shared were: no job …

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Hsai Wan freed at last

Two weeks ago, after 225 days in prison, Hsai Wan, from our 2020 Myanmar Young Leaders Programme (MYLP), was released along with over five thousand other political prisoners. He was imprisoned for wearing a tee-shirt with the message “down with the Dictatorship”. He told us that he is in good health. However, he is afraid …

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Latest News From our Young Leaders Programmes

Inspirasi (Indonesia) and Mindanao: Both these programmes have recruited ten and eight participants respectively from a wide range of civil society organisations, with completely revamped sustainable development courses for each. From May (Inspirasi) and from August (Mindanao), the programmes will be delivered remotely to participants in their homes, while it is hoped the second stage …

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Fight Back for Myanmar Democracy

The stop-work protest initiated by nurses and doctors two days after the recent coup in Myanmar is now a massive country-wide movement of young people, factory workers, teachers, engineers and civil society staff. Acts of defiance include a nationwide strike on February 22nd, the noisy banging of pots and pans by neighbours when activists are …

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Alumni Changemakers in Myanmar

On their return home, MYLP alumni have been active in bringing about positive change and assisting development in Myanmar, according to an independent evaluation done late last year. This was achieved through alumni being promoted to positions of responsibility, leadership and influence in their organisations and communities. Evaluator Miranda Cahn found that “the programme has …

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