What’s It Like To Attend School In Myanmar?

This week, SCOLA provider Yin tells us about the education system in her home country, Myanmar.

The education system levels in Myanmar are primary, middle, and high school. Education level starts from Grade 1 to Grade 11. Grade 11 is the most important and final level for every students to enter the University. The quality of university you get into is dependent on the Grade 11 final exam results. Every student can attend the university after they pass the Grade 11 final exam.

All schools open on June 1st and end in March. Children return to school in the rainy season of June. The summer holiday lasts three months, March, April, and May.

School starts at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some schools lasts from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m .to 5 p.m. In our country, the school uniform is a white blouse and long green skirts and trousers for teachers and children.

General education courses are Burmese Language, Burmese History, English Language, History of the famous person’s around the world, World History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economic, Art, Cooking, and Basic Computing.

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Traditional Thai Herbs

Today our provider Miki from Thailand tells us about the importance of natural therapy and herbs in her country:

Natural therapy and herbs from China are very famous throughout the world, however the ones in Thailand are also very popular with tourists and local people. Compared with Chinese herbs, Thai herbs have milder smells and they also work as healing therapy. Furthermore, they work closely with Thai food and desserts. For example “Tom Yum Kung”, a famous and well known Thai soup, has essential herbs including galangal, which is a type of ginger and is good for inflammation of the nose and throat. The dish also includes lemon grass, a remedy for coughs, colds, and fevers. The kaffir lime leaves have citrus notes and give a distinct flavor to Tom Yum Kung Soup. Thai food is not only enjoyable, it is also beneficial to our health. However, there are so many westernized dietary habits that have been adopted in Thailand that is strongly affecting the younger generation and causing obesity.

Herbs are also used in traditional Thai massages. Thai massages are done for relaxation and to help relieve tension. Herbal Ball is a treatment that uses round balls of special herbs. It is used to relieve aches and pains of the body, and it is good for alleviating pain or inflammation.

As you can see by the examples above, Thai herbs are taking root in our daily lives and we can use them easily in food and to alleviate mental stress. When you visit Thailand, please remember to enjoy Thai herbs beyond just sightseeing!

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Literature in Iran

There are many varying aspects that make cultures around the world different from each other. Literature is a large part of many cultures around the world. Today, our provider Somayeh from Iran tells us about the part literature plays in her culture:

In Iran, beautiful poetry is a big part of Persian culture. Hafez is one the most famous poets of Iran. Most Iranians have The Divan by Hafez in their houses. When it is Nowrooz or Yalda they make a wish, and then open The Divan to a random page. They believe whatever poem is on that page is like their plan, or fortune. The following is the poem titled Ghazel 1 by Hafez from The Divan:

That beautiful Shirazi Turk, took control and my heart stole,
I’ll give Samarkand & Bukhara, for her Hindu beauty mole.
O wine-bearer bring me wine, such wine not found in Heavens
By running brooks,  in flowery fields, spend your days and stroll.
Alas, these sweet gypsy clowns, these agitators of our town
Took the patience of my heart, like looting Turks take their toll.
Such unfinished love as ours, the Beloved has no need,
For the Perfect Beauty, frills and adornments play no role.
I came to know Joseph’s goodness, that daily would increase
Even the chaste Mistress succumbed to the love she would extol.
Whether profane or even cursed, I’ll reply only in praise
Sweetness of tongue and the lips, even bitterness would enthrall.
Heed the advice of the wise, make your most endeared goal,
The fortunate blessed youth, listen to the old wise soul.
Tell tales of song and wine, seek not secrets of the world,
None has found and no-one will, knowledge leaves this riddle whole.
You composed poems and sang, Hafiz, you spent your days well
Venus wedded to your songs, in the firmaments’ inverted bowl.

(Translated by: Shahriar Shahriari Reference: http://www.hafizonlove.com/divan/01/003.htm)

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Want To Go To School In Peru? Read This First!

Our provider Julye teaches us what school is like for students in Peru from childhood to adulthood:

EDUCATIONAL LEVELS IN PERU

Early Education

Children must attend preschool for three years, they must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.

Primary Education

When a child reaches six years of age, they should attend primary school starting with first grade sixth grade. The Primary Education level lasts six years.

Secondary Education

When a child reaches 12 years of age, they begin their secondary education at freshman year. Secondary education lasts five years and most students complete this level around 16 or 17 years of age.

Alternative Basic Education

Alternative Basic Education is the responsibility of the Directorate General of Alternative Basic Education (DIGEBA). Alternative Basic Education (ABE) serves youth and adults as well as adolescents in school that are at least 14 years old. In Alternative Basic Education studying is combined with work. It consists of four courses of study, every eight months. The first cycle is equivalent to 1st and 2nd grade middle school, the second cycle is equivalent to the third grade of secondary, the third cycle is equivalent to the fourth grade of secondary and the fourth cycle is equivalent to the 5th grade of secondary. Alternative Basic Education is aimed at students who could not complete their education for various reasons.

Special Basic Education (EBE)

Special Basic Education has an inclusive approach and serves children and youth with different learning disabilities. It is a program that provides specialized educational services for prevention, detection and care for children under 6 years old. Special Basic Education also offers support and advice on inclusive educational institutions.

Higher Education or Technical Education

Higher education and technical education can be carried out in a university or institute of higher education. Most higher education and technical education programs last around 5 years, depending on which kind of education you want to receive. Typically, for technical careers the education lasts three years, and for academic careers the education lasts six years.

The average age to complete all academic degrees in Peru is about 24 years of age.

Currently in the competitive workplace, people choose to continue their education and take refresher courses, obtain their master’s degrees, and earn other qualifications.

Now that you have learned about the education system in Peru, does it sound like somewhere you would like to attend school? How does the education system in Peru compare to that of your country? Are they similar?

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Want to go to School in Georgia? Read this First!

Most students in the United States have either already gone back to school, or are anxiously preparing to in the next few weeks. However, students in Georgia, our Country of the Month, can still enjoy lazy days of sleeping in late and hanging out with friends until mid-September. Although schools in Georgia don’t return from summer vacation until later in the year, there are some ways that they are similar to schools in the United States.

Georgia has public and private schools. Public schools are free, however private schools are expensive and can cost around $3,000-$5,000 per year. Private school students have the opportunity to join different clubs, such as Art, Drama, and Science. Private schools also offer a school bus as a means of transportation to and from home for their students.

Students in Georgia go to school for twelve years. The first step of the Georgian education program lasts four years and is much like primary school in the United States. Children generally have 4-5 classes per day, which last approximately 45 minutes each. Students study courses such as Math, Georgian Language, Art, Music, Nature, PE and English. Students attend school five days a week, Monday through Friday.

After the first four years of school, students move on and acquire more subjects including Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, and Russian. On average, students at these grade levels take 6-7 classes per day. After the 9th grade, students have the option to stop their education, or continue on, finishing with 12th grade. After 12th grade, students can take the National Examination for Universities if they would like to further their education.

So, does Georgia sound like a country you would like to attend school in? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Independence Day in India

Last Friday found many in the United States celebrating Independence Day outdoors, lighting fireworks and enjoying the company of family and friends. Although your holiday plans might come naturally to you, do you ever wonder how people in other cultures celebrate Independence Day? Our provider Jitendra from India tells us here how Independence Day is celebrated in our July Country of the Month:

“India celebrates Independence Day on August 15th, the anniversary of India’s independence from British rule in 1947. Independence Day is a public holiday in India and is celebrated by wishing others well and decorating buildings with attractive lights.

Each year a flag hoisting is performed by the Prime Minister of India at the Red Fort in India’s capital city, New Delhi. Each state also does their own flag hoisting in the presence of the Chief Minister. The flag hoisting is often done at schools, colleges, and universities and includes speeches about independence and the freedom struggle of India.

Other events such as rallies, sports, singing and dancing competitions, poetry readings and much more is also organized in places throughout India to celebrate the holiday. The organized entertainment is based on themes such as The Freedom Struggle of India or Independence. “

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