The improvement of the education sector is a high priority for Myanmar, with the government-backed Educational Promotion Work Committee now cooperating with a parliamentary working group on education reform to draft a National Education Policy, an official from the Department of Higher Education (Lower Myanmar) said last week.
Kachin organisations in Australia say they will not attend any events related to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the country later this month in protest over her “silence” over the conflict in Kachin State.
On June 12, 2012, four Kachin men were arrested in the forest outside of Myitkyina. Saw Hkaung, 28, Baung Peng, 25, Zaw Bawk, 23, and Law Hpar, 42, were all residents of Masay IDP camp.
Farmers in Mandalay Region are campaigning parliament to restore lands seized by the military more than 12 years ago that they say are yet to be used for their original purpose.
Peace in Myanmar is needed now after a half-century of civil war and political unrest among ethnic groups, says Liberian 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.