24 January 2020
Active Citizens Forum was held under the title "We together towards a sustainable Education Society" at the Arts Hall in University of Yangon on Friday.
Active Citizens is run by the British Council working with civil society organizations all over the world. It aims to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. It also encourages peer-to-peer relations across cultural, geographic and political boundaries via a lively online social network of participants, as well as occasional international exchange visits.
Head Of Programmes, British Council, Mi Mi Myo Win said “Through the programme, we bring together people with different beliefs and perspectives to learn from and share with each other. Working with our partners, we train participants in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change in their communities.”
The programme began in 2009 and has been delivered in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Active Citizens in Myanmar was launched in 2010 and since then has engaged with over 3000 community leaders across the country.
Head Of Programmes, British Council, Mi Mi Myo Win said “At first, the programme was held with the CSOs and the community leaders in Myanmar. But starting from 2016, the programme was cooperated with the universities. There are four core modules with a clear set of learning outcomes. It begins by building self-awareness and confidence and ends with flexible ways to plan social action projects. The slogan of Active Citizens is Globally connected, locally engaged.”
Active Citizens programme recruit partners from a diverse range of global organizations, from grassroots civil society groups to universities and it is the good event for all people in Myanmar.
Rector, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Professor Zaw Wai Soe said “Such this programme has been held in 12 universities across the country and it's is a good one. In my opinion, this is a capacity building that can be used for all levels of projects and programmes of Active Citizens in Myanmar. So, it has many benefits not only for the students but also for the teachers, administrators, rector, pro-rectors and staff.”
Active Citizens programme is not only happening in Yangon University and East Yangon University but also universities in Kalay, Bago, Pathein and Taunggyi.
There are also plans to organize this programme in many universities in coming years with the interest of universities and support of Ministry of Education, Rectors Committee and National Education Policy Commission.
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