"Because of Health and Hope’s Freedom to Education Project I was able to study freely and peacefully. Now my dream is to produce more educated people and to be a good teacher.
Thank you for changing my life upside down!" Dipar
Watch Dipar's story in the short video below
Our education programme consists of two projects; Education for All currently supporting Year 10 students and Freedom to Education (FEP) for college students and undergraduates.
|Education for All||The Education for All Project will provide full-time education to around 100 students, with the aim of radically changing their life opportunities through a significant increase in the Year 10 matriculation rate over the next 12 months.||Launched, June 2019|
|Freedom to Education||The Freedom to Education Project (FEP) aims to identify and support talented young men and women who carry a vision for the long term benefit of their people and provide them with the opportunity to pursue higher education.||Ongoing|
The Education for All project has just launched and will enable us to launch a long sought after education initiative aimed at tackling the year 10 pass rate among ‘repeater’ students, those who have attempted to take the exam for many years and failed. The project will provide full-time education to around 100 students, with the aim of radically changing their life opportunities through a significant increase in the Year 10 matriculation rate over the next 12 months. The project will:
In June, the first students arrived in Lailenpi from surrounding villages, and have signed up to receive tutoring for the next ten months at the recently built Health and Hope Training Centre. The project was piloted in 2018, supporting 202 students part-time, who were studying in two schools in Lailenpi town. The team focused on providing additional tutoring in English, Maths, Physics and Biology. The Year 10 exam results are just out and there was a significant improvement...
As a result of the pilot project, 24% of students passed their exams compared to under 10% two years ago. The 2019 result means that an additional 21 students passed the Year 10 exam in comparison to 2018 at a cost of £182 per student.
Whilst the pass rate in Chin State continued to be the lowest for the whole country, students in Lailenpi achieved a 4% higher pass rate than the state average (20%), with the highest state in the country achieving 37%. For a remote rural town, this is a significant achievement, almost matching the pass rate of students from the state capital, Hakha.
Dipar, one of the graduates of Health and Hope's Freedom to Education scholarship programme, is now one of the class tutors, supporting this project. She wrote this short message to us during enrollment:
"Yesterday when I was receiving the students for Education for All, unexpectedly I met one of my year 10 classmates. Incredibly, he has been trying to pass class 10 since 2010 when I was also taking the same exam. As soon as I met him, he said to me: "I really need your help to pass my year 10". I am so touched by what my friend said to me. I really hope and pray that this project will be a blessing for many students. Please can you thank everyone for all of their support to start this project and a big thanks to all our generous donors. May God bless you all."
The Freedom to Education Project (FEP) has, to date, supported 85 students to pursue education beyond high school at colleges and universities in India, China, the Philippines, Thailand and the Ukraine.
The first student graduated at the end of 2016 as a medical doctor followed by four further undergraduates with training in general sciences and business in summer 2017. Most graduates undertake at least one year’s work experience before lending their support to ongoing community work within Chin State. Four of the graduated students have now joined the Health and Hope Myanmar team as staff, giving back to their own communities. This includes the first doctor to qualify, who has already return to Chin State and joined the Health and Hope team to support the strengthening of Health and Hope Myanmar’s health programme, building up work in the clinic and supporting the ongoing training of community health workers and traditional birth attendants. He is due to be joined by two further medical students who have committed to return to Chin State after their graduation in summer 2018.
“Health and Hope have shown me what it means to serve my community, to live sacrificially and to work together to help our people.” Elizabeth, FEP Student
To find out more information about FEP, click here to read Peter's story or download a full project proposal using the button below.