[Blueboard] Forum on Burma's Education Crisis

Vergara . Maria Flor C. grevyolf at admu.edu.ph
Tue Aug 14 09:59:10 PHT 2001

Please post. Thank you.


The Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI-Ateneo)
   Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and
	Asia Caucus
		invite you to


During the past four decades of military rule in Burma, the generals have
created major education, economic, and governance crises. The State Peace
and Development Council (SPDC), the country's ruling junta, closed down
universities and colleges, the hotbeds of pro-democracy activism. By doing
so, the junta effectively ruined education and destroyed entire
generations of Burmese youth and their opportunity to contribute to nation
building. There are currently more than 300,000 Burmese high school
graduates who have been deprived of their right to higher education.

This situation is aggravated by the Burmese generals' systematic pursuit
of a policy of "selective ethnic cleansing" against the country's
minorities who have been fighting for greater autonomy and the right to
self determination, resulting in several millions of internal and
international refugees.

****** PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS ********
Date: August 21, 2001
Venue: (to be announced later)
Time: 1:00-4:30pm

*** Registration
*** Preliminaries
*** An Overview of the Situation in Burma
*** "Class Dismissed": A Video Presentation on the Education Crisis
*** Sharing on the "Open Our Schools, Enlighten our Future" Campaign by
Dr. Thein Lwin
*** Cultural Presentation
*** Open Forum
*** "Living Silence, Burma under Military Rule" by Ms.Christina Fink: A
Book Launching
*** Calls for Action
*** Closing

For more details and information:
please contact:

Ms.Lee Aruelo (Asia Caucus)
426-4327 or 426-6001 local 4855


Ms. Merci Ferrer (IID)
435-2900 or 911-0205
email: iidmnl at skyinet.net

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