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British Universities To Educate Pro-democracy Burmese - 2002-11-30


In a move to prepare Burma’s future leaders from among the qualified exile Burmese democracy activists, five British universities have agreed to train them in various developmental programs.

The London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Institute of Education, Oxford’s Queen Elizabeth House and the University of East Anglia have this week announced guaranteed places for Burmese dissidents on public health, education and environmental courses. These British institutions will work hand in hand with an exile non-governmental group -- the Institute for Community and Institutional Development (ICID) – Burma to establish a skills base for the country’s future.

Dr. Zarni, director of ICID and a Burmese exile said: "Our purpose is to throw life vests to a small number of democratically committed Burmese who will become the leaders of the new generation. Burma’s democratic future depends on our greatest asset – our people.”

Professor Geoff Whitty, director of the Institute of Education, said: “Now is the time to develop skills that will be vital for creating a new and democratic Burma. We are proud to be part of an effort that will educate the future leaders of Burma.”

Under the program, students must be committed to democratizing Burma and prepared to return to Burma to rebuild the country.

This information is provided by ICID Press Release.

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