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Burma / Myanmar Briefing. Liz Dempsey Higher Education Team Manchester. Importance of Burma to the UK . Importance of Burma to the UK British Council in Burma offices in Burma since 1947 2 offices – Rangoon & Mandalay, 80 Staff, 1000+ visitors per day

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burma myanmar briefing

Burma / Myanmar Briefing

Liz Dempsey

Higher Education Team

Manchester

www.britishcouncil.org

importance of burma to the uk
Importance of Burma to the UK
  • Importance of Burma to the UK
  • British Council in Burma
  • offices in Burma since 1947
  • 2 offices – Rangoon & Mandalay, 80 Staff, 1000+ visitors per day
  • Exams / Library / Information / Teaching Centre
bc portfolio
BC Portfolio
  • English
    • Teaching centres
    • Annual ELT conferences for 450+ teachers
    • Courses in ELT methodology for Burmese Teachers
    • Administer more than 60,000 British examinations
    • “Word on the street” BC & BBC World (Oct 2012) – a broadcast audience of 2m p.wk.
  • Arts
    • Annual film festival with European partners
    • Development Through Theatre programme
    • Literary Festival
bc education
BC & Education
  • Working with UUK on Knowledge Partnerships
  • Comprehensive Education Sector Review – led by Ministry of Education. BC + DfID on working group along with ADB, AusAid, JICA, Save the Children, UNESCO, Unicef, WB:
    • In-depth review & assessment of legislation
    • To identify challenges / priorities and strategic options
    • Will culminate in development of a new education sector plan
  • Working with Ministry of Education to train 10,000 English Language Teachers p.a. in the 20 State Teacher Training Colleges (commencing 2013)

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bc education1
BC & Education

www.britishcouncil.org

  • Working at policy level – engaging with Ministry & Academic Leaders on a regular basis
  • Working closely with Aung San Suu Kyi – recent Government Draft Universities Bill
  • Education Dialogues
  • Social network space with 40,000+ members – Myanmar Web
  • BC Services in International Education Marketing – including Exhibitions, agent training, etc.

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contact
Contact
  • Country Director:

Kevin Mackenzie

[email protected]

education in burma
Education in Burma
  • Off track to achieve MDG #2 “to ensure all children complete a full course of primary school”
  • Secondary schooling facing major challenges of quality & management
  • Disparity in completion rates in poorer ethnic regions
  • University entrance exam completely divorced from secondary curriculum
  • Education financing:
    • 2011/12 only 3.74% of National Budget allocated to education
    • 2012/13 up to 6.26%
    • In terms of GDP 0.69% to 1.4%

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education environment
Education Environment
  • Challenging environment
    • No legal structures to recognise foreign providers
    • Limited international banking system – predominantly cash based transactions
  • Donor led environment
  • DfID £10.5m over 4 years – Schools project – student retention
  • Other international presence:
    • USA
    • Australia
    • France
    • Malaysia
    • Japan
    • Thailan
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