State Counsellor seeks change in Myanmar’s Educational Strategy

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, front, views photos with Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education, at the opening ceremony of the Myanmar National Education Strategy Plan (2016-2021) yesterday at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech yesterday asking for change in the country’s education philosophy within five years at the opening ceremony of the Myanmar National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021) held in the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw.
She said that the Myanmar education system must be changed mainly to create job opportunities and to encourage lifelong learning for young students and adults over the next five years.
“The change must be started in education,” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday. “We all need to consider what the main needs are to succeed after the National Education Strategic Plan has been adopted.”
The State Counsellor said that the desire to learn is most important in education so that all the leading implementers who set up policies and teachers must encourage “the desire to learn” mindset and they themselves need to have the desire to learn in order to be able to spread this sentiment widely among the youth. She said that teachers must be desirous of learning and have the desire for life-long learning so that all the learners will become inspired with the similar mood. Therefore, whatever plan is to be developed, all the participants need to lead the vision for success.
She said that it was very important for all the leading implementers of the education project to keep the mindset that they have a lot to learn.
“The people who think they know everything cannot continuously learn,” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said. “Only self-learning teachers and the project leaders can lead to a nationwide mindset to be more desirous of learning. The learning will start when we are humble ourselves and say we need to learn a lot more.”
We need to have confidence that we are capable of doing matters that we need to know and for the children to have the mindset that they still need to know a lot of things. However, they would not develop their learning mindset if the parents and teachers do not encourage their desire for learning. The problem of older people is that they think themselves perfect and have no more desire to learn.
The State Counsellor said she will never be finished in pursuing education and everyone should have a mindset to continue learning as long as we live.
“The National Education Strategic Plan would not be difficult for the young and for adults to learn, if we understand well the fact that we must learn, and that we continue to learn. We want to learn, and how to learn,” she said.
She wishes the teachers, through self-learning, can support the country, including children and adults who want to continue to learn the matters we need to know efficiently and hopes all the friendly helpers also have the same vision and can help with understanding.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that she could serve effectively for the benefit of the country only after she had learnt about the needs and the challenges of the country and believed that her friends would also have the same mindset for the country.
She wished the participants would serve the new generation who believe that they must learn by having the “desire to learn” mindset to enable the nation to uplift its education system by all-inclusiveness, which is very important for the development of the country.
Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education then handed over a remembrance gift to the State Counsellor to mark the initiatives of the National Education Strategic Plan.
Dr Myo Thein Gyi said that the aim of National Education Strategic Plan, 2016 -2021 was to distinctly improve the learning process of students with better teaching methods and for the development of vocational education, research and innovation.
Mr Nicholas Coppel, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, and Mr Bertrand Bainvel, the UNICEF Representative to Myanmar on behalf of Allied Educational Organizations, explained the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021).  The State Counsellor, Region and State Ministers and responsible persons from Allied Education Organizations then posed for official photos.—Myanmar News Agency

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