Executive Director Saw Myo Min Thu Announces His Transition
Dear Thabyay Family and Friends,
Serving as the Executive Director of Thabyay Education Foundation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.
After 20 years in exile, I returned to the country in December of 2012 in search of an opportunity to serve with the young people of Myanmar in a national organization. A year later, I joined the TEF in February of 2014 and since then I have had the pleasure and honor of working with a highly regarded TEF Myanmar Board, the leadership team and professional staff to advance the foundation’s vision and mission.
Together, we have boldly transformed the TEF to meet the needs of the constituencies it serves and to overcome the challenges presented by the rapidly changing social and political circumstances of the time. Today, TEF stands tall among the most credible not-for-profit institutions of higher learning and youth capacity building in Myanmar. Our works to prepare the next generation of Myanmar citizens for a leadership role in their own communities is widely recognized and appreciated. Our programs that focus on building social and research capital among the young generation of diverse ethnic communities in Myanmar is one of a kind that gives hope to a true national reconciliation.
Inasmuch as I have come to love this organization, believing in its noble mission to empower the marginalized communities across the country, I know well that change is a necessary agent of progress. It is in that spirit that I announce my resignation as Executive Director and will instead accept the invitation to serve on the Myanmar Board of TEF. My final day as executive director will be May 10, 2019, a time frame sufficient to ensure a successful completion of our office space consolidation and a smooth transition of a new head of TEF.
I will look back with pride upon the Peace Leadership and Research Institute fellows and their service to the country’s peace and reconciliation process; the most diverse body of Community Leadership and Social Studies program and hundreds of its alumni who are already making significant differences in communities throughout the country; the many committed teachers we have trained; and the many students we have counseled for their study abroad opportunities. These are our collective impacts and shared successes.
I am deeply thankful to all those who have supported TEF and me personally during my last five years. Just as I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this great organization, I will carry with me the fond memories of working with you forever. I will continue to support and help guide the TEF as a member of its Myanmar Board. I remain committed to contributing in any way that I can to the peace building and equitable political progress of Myanmar.
For now, there are a lot to be done in the next few months. Let me just get back to work and ensure that TEF remains in good hands and continues to shine the light of education upon the younger generation of this country in years to come.
Saw Myo Min Thu