When I was in elementary school in the United States I don’t recall many of my classmates having peanut allergies. But these days when I speak to my friends about their kids, it seems to be quite common – so much so that children are no longer permitted to bring peanut butter to school.
With its scantily clad women and racy bedroom tips, Myanmar’s first sex-education magazine, Hyno, didn’t last very long after it was banned in 2013 shortly after the release of its first issue. But in a country where talking about sex remains a cultural taboo, where do women go for sex education?
Girl Determined is a Myanmar-based organisation that aims to facilitate girls to recognise their personal and group potential. More than 2000 girls across the country are already part of the movement which provides them with leadership skills to advocate for their own rights and a future that does not recreate the risks they now face.
For children living miles off the beaten track, education really is just one big adventure. Children living in the delta battle waves as they go to school by ferry boat. In hilltop villages, missed footing on a slippery track can result in a bone-snapping fall. And once in class, you might see a scorpion dart through a crack in the floorboards.
A private foundation is to open dance classes to help preserve traditional Myanmar performing arts. The Arts Mandalay Foundation has engaged scholars and experts to teach a month-long course, starting from June 29, at the home of the actor Win Naung in Pyigyitagun township, Mandalay Region, a spokesperson said.
A Meeting of minds has led to a blending of colours and styles at a bi-national art exhibition this week in the Yangon Gallery. It features artists from Myanmar and Bangladesh, whose governments have collaborated for the first time in an event of this kind.
The books, thousands of them, stretch from floor to ceiling. If the librarian thinks not enough people are borrowing them, he will get on his bike and deliver a basketful to readers. There is no charge. In fact, he has been known to pay people to read.