From October 29 to 31, 2014, TEF held its all-inclusive Annual Staff Meeting in Inlay, Shan State. All staffs and teachers participated in the two-day meeting to renew their commitment to TEF vision and mission, review the work they have accomplished in the past year and outline their strategic plan for the next year. Below are the images from the ASM.
Experiential Learning Program (ELP) has completed supporting “Three Months Internship Placement” for three suitable candidates to work as interns in Cambodia and Thailand. This program also took part in the “International Autism Day” held at Myanmar Event Park (MEP) on the 30th November 2014 and also in the “Professional Women’s Network (PWN)” organized by “Partnership for Change” at Inya Lake Hotel on the 10th December.
Experiential Learning Program also made a major contribution by acting as a facilitator and organizer at the “Bi-Monthly Job Coach Coalition Myanmar Meeting (JCCM)” together with the coalition members including Shwe Minthar Foundation, Myanmar Autism Association, and Mary Chapman School for the Deaf and Pyin-Oo-Lwin Needy Blind School. Through Job Coach Coalition Myanmar (JCCM), Experiential Learning Program held a job interview for 15 eligible disabled people to work in Novotel Hotel. Together with Curriculum Department team, SSSD, EPOP, and two volunteers, ELP also participated at the “Education Fair” organized by Karuna Myanmar Social Services. Experiential Learning Program actively took part in many of these activities and it has proven to be a great success.
Thabyay's Exam Preparation Outreach Program launched the new semester with 185 participants in September. All students had the chance to measure their progress acquired since the beginning of the course, hence we arranged midterm diagnostic tests in Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia at the end of November. Based on these results, in January we are going to provide TOEFL ITP exam to students who reached their target scores.
The EPOP team visited two former partner organizations in order to strengthen the cooperation with Shan Intensive English Program in Yangon and with Nau Shawng Education Network in Kachin State. Besides managing and developing EPOP, the staff held a strategic planning meeting between November 1-3 in order to draft the concept of Thabyay E-learning Platform (TeP) that will be based on the experience and know-how of EPOP: it will serve people who are in need of assistance to engage themselves to higher education as well as personal and community professional development for their future career. TeP is committed to make its services available to everyone, especially for marginalized groups, communities and societies by blended programs
Sam Kang, Program Manager
As KKEC approaches the end of 2014, the last three months have been a pivotal moment of continually celebrating diversity, community development, and growth. We are continuing to engage, inspire, and empower both inside and beyond the classroom. KKEC has been expanding its course offerings, establishing and collaborating with new partners, and serving the students from all of Myanmar through our daytime intensive program, the evening/weekend professional programs, and our newly designed custom programs. With growth comes expansion and new initiatives.
The daytime intensive program at KKEC has a brand new name: Community Leadership and Social Studies (CLASS). This program is redesigned, retooled, and redefined from the University Preparation Program (UPP) in terms of English language acquisition, relevant Social Science subjects, professional and community leadership development, and experiential learning programs with the purpose of training and equipping the next generation leaders to contribute back to the community. We have been in full swing, connecting with our community partners all over Myanmar, marketing rigorously via print and electronically, recruiting by conducting information sessions for all programs, and attracting students from all over Myanmar for the inaugural January 2015 cohort.
Additionally, KKEC progresses with the newly named part time program: Evening & Weekend Professional Programs (EPP), adding such classes as Business English, IELTS Intensive courses and multilevel English courses. KKEC has also formulated and initiated to institute the KKEC Custom Programs, customizing course offerings to NGO's, Yangon University, and private corporations in language acquisition and professional development to their staff and faculty, furthering KKEC's outreach and community network. We look forward to the new year, 2015 with more growth and commitment to developing our communities.
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