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Interview: The methodology of asking us questions and allowing us to discuss and talk in front of others gave me confidence

02 October, 2019

Scholar Institute, through the EU funded STEP Democracy programme, implemented the programme’s newest curriculum on civic education ‘Nurturing the Leaders of Future Generations’ throughout August and September, 2019 at Htet Myat Htun and Shwe Pin private schools in Rakine State’s capital Sittwe. During the training we had a chance to interview students about the course and what they have learned.  Su Wai Phyo shares her thoughts with us below.

My name is Su Wai Phyo. I am a grade 10 student studying at Htet Myat Tun private school in Sittwe Township, Rakhine State.

I very much enjoyed learning about civic education through this curriculum.  The methodology of asking us questions and allowing us to discuss and talk in front of others gave me confidence. Before this training, I was a little bit afraid of standing in front of the class but now I can practice speaking in front of others.

This civic education curriculum is different from other courses that we take in school.  In other classes we learn by memorizing, but in this training, we learn through activities such as games and discussions with classmates.  This also allows us to make friends with other classmates and become closer to the teacher.  

My favorite session was ‘Democracy and Diversity’ because it let me learn about how to understand and respect diversity in our community. Before I didn’t think that we need to respect diversity in our community and among our friends, but the session helped me change my opinion on that.

In my view, our people should study this civic education as it is very interesting.

(More student interviews to be continued. Stay tuned!)

STEP Democracy starts delivering civic education to schools in Myanmar