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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

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  • 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]

    • or

    • Liz Dempsey

    • [email protected]

    • email [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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