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What Have Parami Alumni Been Up To?

Parami alumni are from all walks of life and are some of the most talented and driven individuals across Myanmar. 2021 has been a challenging year for everyone in Myanmar. However, Parami Leadership Program (PLP) alumni remain resilient in times of calamities and are inspired to give back to their communities and society. We have had an excellent opportunity to speak with some PLP alumni from different cohorts about what they have been doing after graduating from Parami. PLP alumni play different roles to make a positive change in their communities. Some Parami alumni are pursuing further study abroad, while some decided to return to their hometown to pursue their careers. After graduation, many graduates have landed jobs at NGOs, INGOs, and local and international firms.

Pursuing further studies: 

Tint Htoo Aung won Chevening Scholarship 2021-2022 to study for a master's degree in Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK. "I wish to expand my network with organizations working on particular sectors to provide support for people in my region. As far as I know, there are not many organizations working for the middle region as there is no urgent issue here, but we have many other problems that need to be solved." ⸺Tint Htoo Aung, PLP 7th Cohort alumnus  Read more>>>

Nan Nway Nway San received ISOW-Prospect Burma Scholarship this year and is currently studying bachelor's degree in International Education Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. "I got a deep understanding of the needs of young people in my community. Due to the civil war, many children don't have the opportunity to live [the life of] their dreams, and many young people don't even have access to basic schooling. The existence of education inequality in Myanmar has motivated me to work in the field of educational development." ⸺Nan Nway Nway San, PLP 6th Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Zin Wint Nwe is in her second year majoring in Bachelor of Urban Design and Development International Program–UDDI at Thammasat University in Thailand. She has received financial support from UDDI Scholarship and a Prospect Burma Scholarship. "I chose to study this discipline as I believe that urban design has a huge impact on the whole society; it is one of the necessities for the development of Myanmar. I want to improve people's living standards and take care of their well-being by shaping the city, Yangon, and other regions. I tend to choose case studies or do projects based on urban issues in Myanmar whenever I get a chance in my classes." ⸺Zin Wint Nwe, PLP 4th Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Zaw Lin is currently studying at Auburn University, Alabama, in the United States, majoring in a master's degree in Rural Sociology with a scholarship award from the Lincoln Scholarship. "The Rural Sociology field of study covers the study of the community, society, human behavior, and resources management. These are the things I'm going to study, which are related to my professional field since I have been working on community development as well as agriculture-related projects in my hometown." ⸺Zaw Lin, PLP 3rd Cohort alumnus Read more >>>

Advancing their careers:

Tun Aye Mro works as an Internal Trainer at the Center for Social Integrity to promote social harmony through social cohesion, media, information literacy, and gender awareness training for young people in his community. “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 disputes 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.”⸺Tun Aye Mro, PLP 6th Cohort alumnus Read more>>> 

Nan Soe Sandar Aung is currently working as Social Impact Program Executive at Teach for ASEAN. This non-profit social enterprise empowers youths to drive positive change in disadvantaged communities. "I don't feel like I am just working [for the organization]. I am working for Myanmar because the harder I try, the more children in our community will have the opportunity to learn and stay in touch with education. I'd say that is the rewarding part. I want to develop our community as we need a good education, and this is how I can contribute [to my community] at a young age." ⸺Nan Soe Sandar Aung, PLP 6th Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Thant Htoo Naing joined Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Company Ltd in 2019 working as Internal Communications Officer, and he recently got promoted to Communications Executive." During these difficult times, there have been many challenges, especially when engaging and communicating with employees effectively. I also hold a belief that “Everything happens for the better. ”When changes occur, I try to look at the bright side to make the best of the given situation. I try to overcome challenges by developing a growth mindset and looking at things differently." ⸺Thant Htoo Naing, PLP 5th Cohort alumnus Read more>>> 

Yamin Phyo landed her career working at Proximity Designs in 2018. While working at the organization, she discovered her new interest in agricultural economic development, in which she aspires to get involved in making a change. "My role in the future will be in the development sector with an emphasis on agricultural development. I'm also planning to study more about development studies in the agricultural economic sector. Why? - My conversations with rural farmers inspired me to do all I can to better the lives of farmers living in poverty." ⸺Yamin Phyo, PLP 3rd Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Starting their own organizations:

Nyein Su Thaw teaches basic English online to young learners. Last October, she launched a Facebook page: Study with Thaw Thaw, while attending PLP to provide online classes such as English and Mathematics subjects for young learners between ages four to sixteen from different parts of Myanmar. "As the schools are closed for two years now, most young learners do not have a chance to continue their education. We are now expanding our classes to create a learning space for young people who wish to practice their English." ⸺Nyein Su Thaw, PLP 7th Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Jamper Htaw works as an ESL teacher (English as a second language) at Career Bridge Learning Center in Mawlamyine, Mon State. She co-founded the learning center with five other Mon youths expanding access to quality education for the youth in her community. "I believe that if I got to experience critical thinking, understanding rather than memorization, and research learning at school, I could have learned better, and this would make school interesting for all the children in our country. Teachers play important roles as socializing agents. If a teacher teaches 20 students, the teacher can change the lives of 20 students, but with the right teaching approach." ⸺Jamper Htaw, PLP 6th Cohort alumna Read more>>> 

Lin Nay Min is a Career Bridge Learning Center co-founder and teaches Social Studies at the center. The Career Bridge Learning Center offers a variety of short courses in English language, social studies, and IT while enhancing students' skills in critical thinking, communications, and public speaking. "One of the rooting problems we have noticed in our community is that many young people struggle to decide on their further education or future career after finishing high school. And this inspired us to establish the Career Bridge learning center to support and help guide these young people." ⸺Lin Nay Min, PLP 5th Cohort alumnus Read more>>> 

Since the founding of Parami in 2017, Parami Leadership Program (PLP) now has over 150 alumni who have entered into diverse professional fields and higher education programs. Started as a semester-long program with 16 students in a cohort, PLP is now a year-long program that provides liberal arts education to its 8th cohort students from diverse regions of Myanmar. 

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