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Parami Alumnus Awarded Chevening Scholarship 2021-2022July 23, 2021
Parami alumnus Tint Htoo Aung has won a Chevening Scholarship award to study Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK.
Tint Htoo Aung, known as Ko Tint, is one of our PLP alumni from the 7th Cohort. He joined the PLP last year with the ambition to broaden his knowledge through interdisciplinary education that encompassed critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and a variety of subject areas.
With the experience in community works and the passion for becoming a professional working in development policy to promote a democratic society and increase people's living standards in Myanmar society, Ko Tint will be studying Development Studies at the University of Sussex in September.
“As I have been so into the International Community Development class at Parami, my advisor, Professor Mark Stanford, then suggested that I do research on Development Studies for my further study. And I came to know that Development Studies is not just about one subject. But it is a multidisciplinary study that connects a wide range of subjects and viewpoints from politics to education, in which we can find the best solution for our country,” Tint Htoo Aung shared.
Amongst many scholarship opportunities learned from the Scholarship Info Sessions arranged by Parami, he decided to apply for the Chevening Scholarship and Prospect Burma scholarship to continue his master’s degree in Development Studies.
"Joining PLP was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Spending a year at Parami was not just upgrading myself, but finding what I am passionate about," said Tint Htoo Aung.
With a collaboration of the British Council, Tint Htoo Aung founded KuLaTel Youth Center in his hometown in 2019 working on a wide range of programs that aim to empower local youth, including leadership programs, teaching programs, language programs, and libraries.
After completing his study in the UK, he has planned to extend the KuLaTel Youth Center's activities in other sectors such as environment, gender, and poverty, to address the existing problem(s) in his region.
“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. Besides, rural development is also important [in the development process of the county]. If we fail to empower rural people, we may lose many [human resources] with different talents. I believe many rural young people need support and guidance,” Tint Htoo Aung explained.
Before joining the PLP, Tint Htoo Aung has accomplished various activities in youth empowerment in his hometown KulaTel village, located in Nyaung Oo township in Mandalay Region. After graduating from the Yangon University of Education in 2018, he worked as a full-time teacher at a local high school teaching physics while starting to work in promoting local youth empowerment as a passionate social worker and youth changemaker.
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. The program offers full-supported scholarship awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential and passion for bringing a change to their community to study for graduate programs in any subject at any UK university. More than 1000 scholarships globally are offered each year.
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