Before setting foot in Myanmar, we didn’t know much about the country or about women’s conditions there. One thing that we knew was that the country was being led by a feminine icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. This was just before the world was made aware of the extent of the Rohingya’s crisis, right before… Continue reading Has the election of Aung San Suu Kyi changed the situation of women in Myanmar?
The story of the education system in Myanmar is closely interweaved with the political situation. Historically, Myanmar had a high quality education system Traditionally, children were taught at monasteries, and later following British colonization, there was a shift towards a westernized public school system. After the independence, the public schools started reaching all parts of… Continue reading Education in Myanmar
Who are the Rohingyas? Rohingyas are part of an ethnic Muslim minority who practice a variation of Sunni Islam, in the predominantly Buddhist country that is Myanmar. Before August 2017 and the mass exodus, Rohingya Muslims represented the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state, in the North West… Continue reading The Rohingyas
A very diverse country Myanmar is a very diverse country: the government officially recognizes 135 ethnic minorities. Despite its small size, Myanmar is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South-East Asia: 40% of the population belongs to an ethnic minority. The country’s ethnic majority is the Burmans, who are historically settled in Myanmar’s… Continue reading The ethnic minorities of Myanmar
Myanmar is a South-East Asian country bordered by India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand and China. The largest city is Yangon, which used to be the country’s capital, but was later moved to the newly built city of Naypyidaw. Until 1989, Myanmar was called Burma, this changed because of the name’s colonial origins and because it favored… Continue reading Myanmar – Overview