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Educational Funding Possibilities Arise as Multi-Ethnic Curriculum Argument Increases

Kaowao
Friday, August 03, 2012

The project to provide 1 million US dollars for teaching the Mon language in Mon State might not come from the Burmese government but may come from the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI), according to a representative from the group.

Ashely South, an MPSI consultant, told the Mon community in Sangkhlaburi on July 27 that Naypyidaw will get money through his group for teaching Mon and the money may not be from the government.

The Mon National School in Duya village, northn Ye Downship, Mon State. (Photo:Kaowao)

When Burmese President Thein Sein hosted a meeting with ten Democratic and Ethnic Alliance parties in Naypyidaw on July 18, Aun Min, a chief peace negotiator from Napyidaw, told Nai Hla Aung, the deputy chairman of the All Mon Regions Democracy Party, that his government will provide 1 million US dollars for teaching Mon.

The Burmese government has not yet made an official announcement regarding allowing the teaching of ethnic languages during non-school hours throughout the country.

However, some Mon community leaders hope that the government may permit such teaching as early as next year, and Shan community leaders in Shan State have even begun preparations for teaching their ethnic language. These preparations have discussed how to develop an ethnic Shan curriculum due to be ready by the time government allows for its teaching.

“It’s very good news for our Mon people to hear that Norway will provide money for teaching. We are facing problems about what to do because we do not currently have enough money,” said Nai Marng, a member of the Mon Literature and Culture Committee from Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State.

The different ethnic Mon who have settled in third countries are prepared to donate money towards an increase in the salary of Mon school teachers, who normally received a 20,000 kyat salary each month. In comparison, civil government school teachers receive about 90,000 kyat.

The Mon Literature and Culture Committee (MLCC) has encountered problems regarding the management of schools after the New Mon State Party handed the jurisdiction of all schools to the MLCC in 2011 because of a funding shortage.

According to statistics from the Mon National Education Department, which is under control of the NMSP, there are currently 156 national schools in Mon State, of which 116 offer a mixed curriculum of Burmese and Mon language lessons. There are currently around 17,000 Mon students and 800 teachers.

Mon national schools run a curriculum similar to that of government institutions. Students who earn ten good grades are able to sit for exams at the government schools, thereby providing the opportunity for successful Mon students to progress to higher education and university.

The NMSP signed a peace agreement on February 1 with the Burmese government. The party has also repeatedly asked the Burmese government to officially permit the teaching of the Mon language in government schools.

 

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Name of sender: Nai Banya Hongsar
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COMMENTS: If MLCC register as legal assocation under the new law and also change the name such as Mon Language and Cultural Council, western government, UN's agencies and other INGOs could directly fund to MLCC legally.

If MLCC operate Mon National schools from 50 schools to 500 schools in 2020, Mon State Government shall passed the new legislations for the new rules.

Union Government shall allocate ethnic language budger annually like Grant in western countries if the public shool could not provide the strcuture.

If we lost native langauge of Burma/ Mynamar, we lost everything as a whole.

Mon monks, community leaders and scholars shall discuss to form and re-shape new MLCC as a Peak Body with new constitution, struture and staffing.

We cannot operate as volunteer body because all teacher and worker need to have meal, shelther and welfare to live. However, Catholic scholling is the second education sector in western nations after Public sector. Mon Buddhist monks could operate as adjunct scholling for rural villages.

Investing in education the best asset for everyone in the community.

If Mon and other ethnic children could not learn native language from birth at school, it is the failure of President U Thein Sein's quest for new rule in the country.

Mon people's Bank shall be open like Burmese people's Bank in Rangoon.

If 10% of Mon Busienss people invest money in Mon's Bank, local economy will growth like other city.

Education is the best economy but native language is an identiy cannot be compromised for any damange.
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