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Frivillighetsarbeid for Mote Oo?

Tips en venn  • Utskriftsversjon  • 24. mars 2014

Her er en spennende mulighet for frivillighetsarbeid i Burma/Thailand. Organisasjonen Mote Oo trenger fire frivillige, to i Burma og to i Thailand (thai-burmesiske grensen), i andre og tredje kvartal i år.

Mote Oos prosjekter fokuserer på utdanning innen menneskerettigheter, sosial rettferdighet og democracy. Om dere er interessert, send bakgrunnsinformasjon om dere selv og om erfaring relatert til de oppgavene Mote Oo ønsker bistand til, samt tidsperiode det er aktuelt å være frivillig. Send en epost til Burmakomiteen:

Her er hva Mote Oo skriver selv: 

About Our Organization
Formed in February 2013, the Rangoon-based Initiative Mote Oo focuses on socially conscious educational projects that promote human rights, social justice, and democracy. Mote Oo supports local teachers and civil society organizations to deliver education that reflects democratic values and concerns, and ultimately meets the needs of their communities. 

The organization’s staff is comprised largely of curriculum experts who honed their skills under the Thabyay Education Network’s Curriculum Department, known locally as The Curriculum Project in Thailand and Educasia in Burma. Mote Oo’s staff has a combined experience of more than 20 years working on education projects with people from Burma.

Lead staff have worked with, designed curriculum for, and facilitated teacher trainings for more than 100 non-formal education programs and civil society groups at the Thai-Burma border since 2001 and in nearly every state and region in Burma since 2006.

The skills/background wanted for potential volunteers
Mote Oo is seeking volunteers with the following professional skills/backgrounds:

  • Teaching (experience teaching adults prefered)
  • Educational administration
  • Curriculum development
  • Teacher training
  • Organisational capacity building

Teachers and/or lecturers who have experience in the following fields would be particularly helpful to Mote Oo and our partners:

  • social sciences
  • civic education
  • political science
  • English to speakers of other languages
  • gender issues/empowerment
  • teacher education
  • organisational development
  • human resource
  • financial policy
  • public relations

The ideal volunteer would be 24+, with at least two years professional experience. They have lived or travelled in low-resource environments. They are comfortable working with people from different cultures, and can adapt to basic living conditions. They have informed themselves about the situation in Myanmar and on the border. They are excellent communicators, empathic and good problem-solvers. They like a challenge, and enjoy learning about different cultures, lifestyles and education systems. We particularly encourage retired professionals to apply.

Time frame for the project

  • The initial pilot programme will take place in Q2 and Q3 2014. During this period, four skilled volunteers (two in Thailand, and two in Myanmar identified, matched with a partner and placed each quarter. This will result in a total number of 8 placements carried out over the 6 months of the pilot program.
  • Placements will last for 3 month in Thailand and 10 weeks in Myanmar. The volunteers will cover their own costs, and Mote Oo will supply all required  teaching materials. will prepare the volunteers for placements within local organisations, and participating organisations for expectations from and obligations to their volunteer.
  • At the end of the pilot programme in Q4, Mote Oo will collect feedback from participating volunteers and organisations and use that to inform strategy for the Learning Support Programme in 2015.

PROGRAMME: Mote Oo Education Learning Support Programme 

Since the Burma Volunteer Programme closed Myanmar and Thailand operations at the beginning of 2013, many of Mote Oo’s partner programmes have been struggling to meet their maintain high standards of teaching and curriculum development. Students are often left without teachers, or with teachers who have not been able to access sufficient training. Consequently, Mote Oo staff are often asked if we can help source volunteer teachers. We have been doing this in an informal capacity, however the demand cannot be effectively met, unless a more systematic approach is taken. 

Project Outline
MO’s learning support programme will work with volunteers who have been carefully vetted to only include candidates with the experience and skills that will ensure that they make a valuable contribution to our partners. 

Volunteers will be carefully matched  with partner organisations who can demonstrate that they can make effective use of a volunteer. This matching will take into account the goals and needs of the partner schools with a view to build their capacity to deliver education in a sustainable and effective manner. On the one hand, partner organisation’s staff will receive professional development and assistance in developing appropriate curricula. On the other, students will gain access to high-quality instruction. Furthermore, Mote Oo materials and curricula can be trialled and refined during these placements.

Aims of the LSP (pilot):

  • to assess the need for international volunteers in the non-formal education sector
  • to assess the ease with which volunteers can be sourced and recruited
  • to assess the level of support volunteers would need in order to effectively assist local organisations in Myanmar and on the Thai-Myanmar border
  • To plan for the implementation of the Learning Support Programme in 2015. 

Key Myanmar Partners

Chin Institute of Social Science (Falam)
They are a new Chin State-based programme set up to teach the social sciences to Chin youth.

MCAP Academies (Hpa-an, Loikaw, Myitkyina)
MCAP is a group of three youth community colleges in three ethnic states. They have a shared English, social science and community development curriculum, and work closely together doing cultural exchanges and other similar activities.

HEC Mandalay
A post-secondary programme for economically disadvantaged Catholic youth from Upper Myanmar. It is a three year course. They have three years of English preparation, and in years two and three they study social sciences and theology.

UBETTA is the Upper Burma English Teacher Training Association. They organize trainings and conferences.

Paung Daw Oo Pre-college Programme
The PCP prepares students to enter higher education through academic English and  social sciences.

SAG Taunggyi
A Jesuit-funded programme for youth of all religious backgrounds in Taunggyi.

Akhaya Women
A progressive women’s empowerment CBO.

DevelopEd School
A new English, social science and academic preparation programme in Lashio.

English, social science and theology bachelors and masters programmes based in Yangon.

Theik Kar Myanmar
An interfaith programme which takes Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu youth and teaches them political science, world history and IELTS preparation.

Kaw Dai
A residential post-secondary programme in Yangon for Shan youth. They teach English, citizenship, peace education, social science and political science. 

Other Partners
YSPS, Shalom Foundation, Wan Lark Foundation, Swe Tha Ha, American Centre, British Council, Equality Myanmar 

Key Thai-Myanmar Border Partners

Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity
They manage a network of eight Post-secondary schools based in refugee camps and in Karen State. They have an academic and community development focussed curriculum, aiming to equip students with the skills required to access hgher education and/or work within their communities.

English Speaking Course
An adult education programme in Nu Po refugee camp that teaches English language and social issues to a multi-ethnic group of students.

Karenni Community College
Two partner schools, one in Karenni refugee camp, the other in Karenni State.  They have an academic and community development focussed curriculum, aiming to equip students with the skills required to access hgher education and/or work within their communities.

Shan State School for Nationalities Youth
A post-secondary programme, based in Chiang Mai, for young people of different ethnicities from Shan State. Their curriculum focuses on civic engagement, environmental and development issues, politics, gender and human rights and teacher training.

Bridging Educational Access for Migrants
A Chiang Mai-based migrant learning centre, aiming to equip migrant students from Burma with accredited academic and vocational qualifications. They are currently working on curriculum that they aim to have accredited by both Thailand’s Non-formal Education Department, and Myanmar’s Ministry of Education.

A Chiang Mai-based organisation working on women’s empowerment and providing educational opportunities, such as language classes and scholarships,  to marginalised women from Myanmar.

Knowledge  Zone
An adult education programme teaching languages, IT and vocational courses to the Myanmar migrant worker  community in Mae Sot

Social Action for Women
A Mae Sot based  women’s empowerment CBO that also runs a post-secondary school with a civic engagement focus.

Karen Teacher’s Working Group
KTWG run teacher training and support to teachers throughout Karen State. They also run three teacher training colleges in refugee camps, Karen State and Mae Sot.

Human Rights Foundation of Monland
Based in Sanghklaburi, HURFOM focuses on human rights research and reportage, and also runs training courses for youth on civic empowerment, media and environmental issues.

Other Partners
Dear-Burma, BCLC, SALC, ESP, Karen Women’s Organisation, PWO, WLB, Mon Post-10, Youth Connect, World Education, Thu Mwe Khee, BMTA

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