The Annual Staff Meeting of Thabyay Education Foundation was held on January 15-16, 2018 in Bago. TEF staff from Mae Sot office and Manadalay office also joined the ASM. We reviewed all our programs and renew our commitment to the vision and mission of TEF. The ASM was followed by a day-long retreat to strengthen Team Thabyay spirit and strategic planning meetings of each unit within TEF.
December 15, 2017 (YANGON) -- The graduation ceremony of Community Leadership and Social Studies (CLASS) program batch 6 and 7 was held on December 15, 2017 at Cushing Hall in the compound of Myanmar Baptist Convention. Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein was the commencement speaker. Excerpts from his speech entitled "The role of critical feeling in liberal education" is available below:
Let us all pause and ponder on this deep existential question. We may all be tempted to exercise this precious little faculty known as “critical thinking.” David, for example, calls us to engage critically with the world to be alert and stay conscious….”This is water, this is water.” This speaks to the age-old saying from the West “I think, therefore I am.” One cannot underestimate the value of critical reason in human life and so much has been said bout “critical thinking”.
I would like to point to the value of another much-maligned and classically misunderstood faculty in human life…”emotion”…critical human emotions or critical feeling as a counterpoint or counterpart to critical thinking. . . Thinking and feeling are twins adjoined at the bosoms. Scholars are now making claims that some emotions are rooted in cognitions (Tears is an intellectual thing…i.e.…how you feel about something is based on who you are, your social and cultural beliefs and your interpretation of the world and cognitions are often shaped and colored by emotions. . .
In the pantheon of emotions, I feel that there are two emotions or social expression of two emotions that are most pertinent to our times. The first word is Courage...a derivate of a Latin word “cor”…meaning heart…. or physical courage…it means the ability to maintain your mental equilibrium in the face of fear, pain or danger…For example, someone running to a fiery building to save a fellow human being. Moral courage is the courage of holding onto one’s values…it may be equivalent to throwing your mind and your life into myriad fires to fight for your convictions and beliefs. Humanity has exercised moral courage continuously throughout all ages and places as people getting burned at the stakes for refusing to renounce their beliefs, Socrates choosing death with poison, Spinoza choosing polishing lens over most prestigious academic jobs in Europe and an anonymous guy standing in the front of a tank in Tiananmen square…etc. Sometimes, moral courage behooves us to have unpopular haircuts and unpopular ideas while shaking our defiant fists against the oppression of popularity and majority…in ideas and in actions.
Another emotion that struts along courage is compassion. Compassion is the ability to participate in the experience of others and to share their suffering. A person may aspire to build a good life with the power of intellect and strength of moral courage. But all human beings are commonly vulnerable to missiles and silos (slings and arrows) of fate. The fragility of our moral goodness stands in the tempest of moral luck that has thrown against us. Our common human bodies, destinies and vulnerability to human conditions (vagaries of fate, certainty of death) should sensitize us to a whole spectrum of humane responses to the universe such as the joy and happiness as well as pains and sufferings of other fellow beings in both familiar and strange shores of the earth. . .
As your fellow slightingly aging fish traveling along the same water, I would like to go with you on a journey towards ennoblement and enlargement rather than denigration and diminution of humanity.
December 4, 2017 (YANGON) – We are pleased to announce that Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein will be the commencement speaker at the Graduation Ceremony of Community Leadership and Social Studies (CLASS), taking place on December 15, 2017 at 9:00 am in the Cushing Hall, Myanmar Baptist Convention, No. 143, Min Ye Kyaw Swar Street, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon Region.
A long-time supporter of education for youth and sustainable human resource development in Myanmar, Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein is Executive Director of Myanmar Development Institute (MDI) and a member of the Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU) of the government of the Union of Myanmar. He received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Offered by Thabyay Education Foundation, CLASS program is an intensive, residential program that prepares qualified students of diverse cultural backgrounds for a leadership role in their communities. One of the main objectives of the program is to promote social cohesion and strengthen democratic ideas and values among the youths from different states and regions of Myanmar.
Tha Iang Len, UPP Batch 13 at KKEC, returned from the Netherlands and visited our office today. She received UWC (United World College Scholarship) and completed her two-year program at UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands. While we congratulate Tha Iang Len for her achievement, she has another good news: Tha Iang Len is heading to the United States this fall to pursue her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and Economics at the University of Oklahoma.
She receives the Davis UWC scholarship and partial scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. The two combined makes a full scholarship.
Tha Iang Len is originally from Hakha, Chin State. Her goal is to become a civil engineer and economist. “As Myanmar is going through a critical development process, it will need a lot of world-class engineer,” said Tha Iang Len, and “I want to be part of that process and contribute my skill and knowledge in the physical infrastructure development of my country.”
In Her Own Words:
First of all, I came to know about UWC scholarship opportunity through Kant Kaw Education Center. I learned there that there are opportunities out there for those who are passionate about learning. Through my interaction with teachers and alumni at KKEC and staff in the Scholarship and Student Support Department at Thabyay Education Foundation, I gained the confidence and necessary preparation to apply for scholarship.
Second, my experience at KKEC taught me a lot about life and diversity. In UPP, we all are from different ethnic groups. In the beginning, it was a challenge to live and study together with people who are different from me. However, it was an important step that helps me to adapt to a more diverse community in UWC Maastricht, where people from different countries come together for the two-year IB program.
Third, since English is not my native language and is not widely used during high school, one year intensive, English-spoken program at KKEC helped me prepare for study in all English-speaking community.
Last and most importantly, not only did KKEC help me academically but it also prepared me mentally. Volunteering at the monastic school as part of the Service Learning program allowed me to realize the importance of tolerating our differences, contributing towards the needy community, and leadership. This experience also helped me balance my academic and social life.
Congratulations! Julia Ja Seng Pan, a recipient of KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Auslander-Dienst) scholarship. She will pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University Erfurt in Germany.
Ja Seng Pan is one of the first-batch graduates of Community Leadership and Social Studies Program. She was one of the most outstanding students while she was in CLASS program. She was selected to be the graduation speaker. After graduation, she spent one year teaching at a church-based school in Pyin Oo Lwin.
“I was very fortunate to have learnt from Kant Kaw Education Center (KKEC) and I surely will have to apply the knowledge and experiences that I gained from the Community Leadership and Social Studies in pursuing my interest,” said Ja Seng Pan.
We are very proud of her and wish her all the best in her studies.
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