Boosting students’ capacities for becoming agents of change

Do you think of education and critical thinking as important tools for creating social change? Then this project might be right for you! You would be involved in teaching and coaching students so as to boost their knowledge of social studies and English, as well as their motivation for civic engagement. You should have an academic background in social studies (politics, history, and general health would be especially appreciated) and a strong command of English. You should also be a flexible and communicative person who can deal well with the challenges of teaching and adapt to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

Pinyya Tagar Academy (PTA) is a community-based academy located in the northern Myanmar, in Myitkyina. Its two-year educational program for local students has the overall mission of empowering and training young people to make a positive impact on their communities. PTA aims to create a space where students from different ethnic and religious backgrounds can collaborate, and practice democratic values and critical thinking. In supporting students in developing these skills, PTA ultimately hopes they will become ‘local agents of positive change’ in society. To this end, the academy offers a diverse program that includes classroom-based learning with textbooks and ‘practical’ work with civil society organizations (CSO). As such, students do internships with CSOs in remote communities and, during special sessions, are also taught by trainers from CSOs. Currently PTA teaches 88 students, offers four main subjects and five different programs. The activities are carried out by eight full-time employees and one volunteer

PTA seeks GLEN participants who will contribute to the overall mission of training and motivating students to become agents of positive change. As a central part of your work, you would be involved in teaching English and social topics, such as health, politics, economics, civic education, and history. Furthermore, you would organise sessions with the students that focus on training them in skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, organising, and the planning and implementation of projects. It would also be appreciated if you could share your own experiences in civic engagement in Europe with local students. Additionally, you would work with the student government and introduce ideas for how to further develop the academy. On top of that, assisting PTA’s administrative office in improving their management procedures is another possible task.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and October 2018.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be comprised of one Lithuanian participant and one German participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Education; Civil participation; Children and Youth

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Political Science; Sociology; History; Development Studies; Global Health; Health Sciences; Educational Sciences

Field(s) of study: Humanities; Sociology and Social Sciences; Education and Pedagogy

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and October

Country: Myanmar

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Pinnya Tagar Academy (PTA)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Education (2), Civil Participation (4), Children and Youth (8)

Number of the internship: 1134


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