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Myanmar rewards its teachers

After three years of online and hybrid classes, the Infant Jesus Sisters were able to organise a face-to-face graduation ceremony for their young teachers. These teachers completed the first part of their training virtually, and then bravely completed their one-year placement, teaching in remote villages in war-torn areas. While many schools remain closed throughout the country, the presence of these young teachers provides a valuable and just service to children in widely scattered villages.

A simple but warm ceremony was held. Unfortunately, not many parents attended, as many were unable to brave the difficulties of travelling to Yangon. Three special prizes were awarded. One was awarded to a teacher for "making holistic education possible for vulnerable and disadvantaged children". The winner led a group of teachers with whom she organised a summer programme in a camp for internally displaced refugees, and will now set up a mobile team to train volunteer teachers for several of these camps. A second prize was awarded to a teacher for demonstrating "moral courage" by setting up a makeshift quarantine centre to care for people with Covid. Finally, the third prize went to a teacher in recognition of her perseverance in constantly striving to learn and improve her professional skills. All were then sent on mission.


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