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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Learn a New Language and Be Happy

     Doa, our provider from Turkey, continues to help SCOLA users learn about new languages and cultures by sending SCOLA material from her country. Recently, Doa shared her thoughts on learning new languages and how SCOLA can help you meet your language learning goals:

     “Hi, I’m Doa from Turkey. I have been sending material to SCOLA for 7 years.  These material are mainly TV programming, videos, photographs, newspapers and magazines. Also I translate part of a TV show every week. Then I prepare a Turkish lesson from this translation and  I add questions and vocabulary. If you want to learn Turkish, you can find the Turkish and English translation on the same page.  You could learn a few words in Turkish every week. While you are listening to the video you can read the English translation.  You could learn Turkish by yourself.

       I record TV programs in 5 different languages every day. These languages are Turkish, Zaza, Georgian, Kurdish and Arabic. In Turkey there are Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Sorani, Arabic, Circassian and Laz people. They can all speak Turkish and their native languages.   Some Turkish television channels broadcast in these languages.

     I cannot speak Kurdish or Zaza but while I’m recording the news shows on TV,  I always feel like learning these languages. I say myself “Kurdish people can speak Turkish why don’t I speak Kurdish or Zaza?”

     Most recently, Doa has started sending SCOLA “Ma“. “Ma” is a culture, art and literature magazine about the Zaza people and was first published in May 2013. The magazine  was founded by musicians Mikail Aslan and Devrim Tekinoglu. “Ma” is very important work for Zaza people since it will help their language live so new generations will not forget their native language.

     Since Zaza people mainly live in Turkey they mostly speak Turkish, therefore the Zaza language is in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, Zaza people have been producing more literature works to improve their language. “Ma” magazine is one of the pioneers of this mission. Zaza people living in countries other than Turkey are looking for a way to obtain “Ma” and SCOLA will be an easy and accessible way for them to read the magazine.

   Doa’s final thought was “Listening to a different language always encourages me to learn it. It is good to know.  My grandfather always said “Speaking one language makes you one person, speaking two languages makes you two persons.”   Learn a new language and be happy.”

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