[Blueboard] Forum on Burma's Education Crisis

Vergara . Maria Flor C. grevyolf at admu.edu.ph
Thu Aug 16 13:53:07 PHT 2001


August 21, 2001
1:00-4:30 PM
Social Development Complex AVR
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City


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

OPEN OUR SCHOOLS, ENLIGHTEN OUR FUTURE: A Forum on Burma's Education
Crisis

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 ********
*** 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

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For Further Details/Information
Contact:

Ma. Eloisa Francisco-Rivera
Director
Office for Social Concern and Involvement
4266001 local 5090 or 5091




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