by Sandi Tun
I first met Min Aung and Pann Ei at a Teachers Across Borders teacher training workshop in Kyaikmaraw, Mon State in 2018. I volunteered as a workshop instructor and they were trainees in a one-week program focusing on developing student-centered learning, critical thinking, and English language skills.
Both Pann Ei and Min Aung were outstanding in their dedication to learning, community spirit, and leadership skills throughout the workshop. They were chosen by their peers and fellow trainees to give a final speech at the closing ceremony and did a brilliant job. As of March 2019, Pann Ei and Min Aung are attending a Gift of Education teacher training workshop in Yangon. Here now are their stories. Enjoy!
Thanks for sharing your story with us. Please can you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Min Aung and my nickname is Nil. I’m from Chaungzone township, Mon State, Myanmar and I live with my eldest sister because both of my parents were dead. It’s my eldest sister, my nephew, my niece, and me.
How many years have you been teaching, who are your students, and what subjects do you teach?
I teach in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State. I teach since February 2016 until now for three years. I teach Grade 3 English and Grade 4 English, Mathematics, and Life Skills.
What are some of the challenges you face as a teacher in Myanmar?
In Myanmar me and some teachers could have some troubles for not enough teaching aids and could not settle language differences in ethnic villages. I think these are the challenges for us.
Despite those challenges, you still choose to teach. Why is that?
I became a teacher because of my personal situations. I think this job is noble.
Why is teacher training and professional development important to you?
Every teacher should’ve taken courses and trainings to improve teaching skills and experiences how they would apply it. That’s why teacher training and professional development is important to me.
What are some of your goals for the next 5 years?
I would like to study and learn at foreign universities. And I’ll return to Myanmar and try to improve education system. This is my goal for the next 5 years.
Tell us something fun and interesting about yourself?
I often tell my friends so much fun. I like the comedian Mr. Bean. My favourite band is Linkin’ Park from U.S. I can sing and my favourite food is Thai green papaya salad.