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Promoting Social Harmony through Education

Tun Aye Mro is one of the Parami Leadership Program graduates from the 6th cohort. After graduating from the PLP, he returned to his hometown in northern Rakhine state to promote social harmony through social cohesion, media, information literacy, and gender awareness training for young people. He felt excited to share the highlights of his current training projects at the Center for Social Integrity.  

Tell us about yourself. 

Tun Aye Mro's hometown, Maungdaw

I am Mro from northern Rakhine state. I got a Bachelor's degree from Yadanabon University, majoring in Economics. I am currently working as an Internal Trainer at the Center for Social Integrity.

What are you currently working on? Could you please highlight the project or work you would like to share? 

I have provided social cohesion, media information literacy, gender awareness, and teaching training for youths in northern Rakhine.

My hometown, Maungdaw, is one of the least developed cities with diverse people in terms of religion and race. Lack of quality education has negatively impacted trust-building among diverse communities since 2012 and 2017 conflicts in Maungdaw. Propaganda, hate speech, and rumors are the sources of sparking conflicts because local people are uneducated. That is why we are providing this kind of training to educate local people and promote social harmony in this community.  

How did you get into this field? 

I started teaching when I was a university student because I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and it is the best way of learning. 

What is the most rewarding or enjoyable part of your job? 

I enjoy my current career a lot because I am working for my community. I am happy to see when local people learn something new from the training I provided and have the opportunity to learn new things which they have never had before. I left my hometown for further studies when I was 13 years old. I am back here, so I want to contribute as much as I can. 

What are the important concepts of liberal arts education you learned from the PLP classes that you have applied in your daily life and workplace? 

Yes, I am fortunate to get in touch with liberal arts education from Parami Institute and Phaung Daw Oo Pre-College Program because those programs helped me become a good human being. Liberal arts education has helped me cultivate a good mindset and gain professional skills that I can use in my workplace and daily life. In addition, I found the mentoring session from the Parami Leadership Program so meaningful because we could share and ask any questions to our mentor at that time. I think it is crucial to have a mentor not only in the class but also in our daily life. 

Can you share a memorable in-class or general PLP experience that you found meaningful? 

I still remember fireworks at night during the Kalaw trip. We sang and danced together with our Parami song written by our teachers. We acted out our different teachers'Bachelor'sBachelor's characteristics in the role play, which was a very joyful moment. 

How do you feel about the new modular classes at Parami? As the structure has changed, what would you like to see in the future of Parami? 

I am so grateful to see Parami University continue to contribute to Myanmar's future leaders with many learning opportunities even in these difficult times. And I really like the new program structure as it provides a flexible learning style for different learners. 

What is next for you?

In the future, I hope I can bring learning opportunities to my community like Parami University.

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