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News:

December 2014:

Educational materials will be prepared.


January 2015:

Educational partnerships will start to be set up.



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The educational programs spread awareness on waste issues and solutions by targeting major information providers for all audiences, tapping into the educational, health, media, and marketing sectors.

Education in Myanmar

 
Education in Myanmar is in many ways undeveloped.  In schools, teachers lecture quickly and without regard to students' comprehension to encourage attendance of after-school paid private tutoring sessions.  For some subjects, outdated or partly incorrect materials may be used.  Teachers receive low pay and in more rural areas have many students of different ages and abilities in one class.  English is taught in Burmese and not practiced in class.  Students are not usually encouraged to speak up in class.

Public awareness of the waste issue is a large impediment to pollution reduction and long-term illness prevention.  Many people are unaware of recycling locations, the presence of a landfill, the difference between biodegradability of organic versus inorganic materials, the effects of river pollution on river shallowing and the spread of disease, and the adverse health effects of trash burning.  

 

Education Programs

›Education programs would target the following:

1) Schools

Students are the next generation.  They can spread new information to their families and because they possess more time and an increased access to resources of communication such as the internet, they have much potential to shape their communities.
The school education program would focus on:

-School Visits
Staff will conduct school visits in accordance with the schools to present and lead interactive discussions on various issues of waste.  
-Activities
Activities such as games will be carried out to supplement learning and make it fun.  In our experience students better understand concepts such as the recycling chain and enjoy and remember the lessons more with such games.

-Field Trips
Exposure to the reality of the situation is the best way to show students the current situation and its extent and allows them to better understand the consequences.

-Competitions 
Local creativity and initiatives bring sustainable solutions to communities.  Students would be able to actively participate in shaping their communities by competing for funding for local student-run projects that present innovative and feasible solutions to sustainability issues.
 

2) Health Sector

As unsustainable issues in Myanmar heavily impact human health, both directly and indirectly, we would work directly with health organizations and the local health sector to bring the message to town residents.
-Pamphlets and Posters
The dispersal of information on health issues is crucial to public awareness.  This would be accomplished by health bodies providing pamphlets, flyers, and/or brochures at their locations to patients or customers, especially victims of health problems caused by unsustainable practices, as well as actively spreading them to members of the community in the mail, by handing them out in public areas, and/or by providing them to attendees of health events.  Posters would hang in and/or near stable health centers such as clinics, pharmacies, and health NGOs to be eye-catching and attract reads.  The information could be provided in various languages of the area as well as English.

-Speaking Events
To actively engage the community in discussion of these issues and provide more comprehensive information to a wider audience, speaking events would be organized in which members of health bodies talk on the impact of various waste issues on human health.  Community members would be able to ask questions and discuss on the topics with these health representatives.  In areas where public dispersal of information is difficult, such as in more rural areas, speaking events would allow the information to reach these populations.  Residents would also be informed on useful preventive measures and be given any preventive supplements, such as for instance malaria prevention and treatment for those living near contaminated streams conductive to mosquito breeding.
 

3) Marketing

Awareness of waste issues and their impacts is multi-dimensional and affects everyone in different ways.  To ensure widespread knowledge of these issues, their effects, and solutions against them, we would advertise extensively throughout the community through various other means.
-Businesses
There are many small shops and vendors throughout the town, as well as several ubiquitous corporations.  Utilizing their presence and draw of customers, we would form partnerships with them to provide informational materials on our foundation and on waste topics.  To not detract from their intended product services, the information would consist of short messages or logo presences instead of comprehensive materials.  Businesses could advertise their support for waste-free initiatives or compliance to waste-free operating with a small stand-up or posted sign in their establishments and host brochures of upcoming waste-free events or informational pamphlets.  In return, we would provide incentives such as free consulting services to ensure the businesses could operate sustainably, and thereby reduce their costs in the long-term, for instance by providing an energy strategy to convert to alternative energies affordably; free or money-back disposal services for their recyclables, including soft plastics, and compostables; and free or price-reduced operational items such as bioplastic or reusable bags to replace buying plastic bags.

-Media
In this informational age and increasing development of Myanmar, the presence of media is expanding, especially by means of television and internet.  One can learn about the importance of sustainability and ongoing developments regarding sustainability in one's community and in the world in the comfort of one's home.  News 
channels, radio stations, newspapers, and 
magazines both physical and virtual would spread information on this important issue as well as raise awareness of initiatives community members could partake in to spread sustainability in their communities and alleviate the many problems associated with unsustainable practices.
 

Partnerships

We actively continue to develop our partnerships to reach a wide audience with our educational programs.  Our future partners would include:

-A number of schools for all education levels, both public and private

-Various clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, health NGOs and other health organizations

-Several businesses, including shops, restaurants, market vendors, and companies

-Media outlets both virtual and physical: newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and news channels

 

Outside Links

Dioxins, Toxins from Burning Trash: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/

Educational Initiatives Attempted in Kyaukme: www.lincmyanmar.webs.com/education-campaign