Human rights will now be taught in primary schools starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The new addition to the curriculum is the result of an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC).
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counsellor, has called for the nation’s students not to think of vocational training as “second-best”.
A survey to count the ethnic Taung Yoe population in Shan State was launched last month, with its organisers seeking to tally enough of their own to qualify the group for an ethnic affairs minister post in state government, according to Taung Yoe Literature and Culture Association patron U Kyaw Htwe from Pindaya township.
The mainly stateless Muslim people who identify as Rohingya have been called the most persecuted people in the world – but in the IDP camps and surrounding villages in Rakhine State, where an estimated 140,000 are interred, members of another, often-overlooked Muslim minority: the Kaman, who say they are ignored by the international community and facing abuse and discrimination at the hands of the Rohingya.
Drunk drivers, people who drive while using their phones and don’t buckle their seatbelts, and motorcyclists who ride without helmets are all contributing to a fourfold rise in the number of road accidents over the past few years, says the government. Now the transport ministry has set up a new body to reduce the carnage on the nation’s roads.
Yangon's regional government plans to resolve traffic problems on the longest bridge in the region by building a new one, which will connect Thanlyin and Thaketa townships over the Bago River. Repairs are also planned for the old bridge.