The Kachin Post / July 26, 2021
The Education Ministry of Burma’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG) has recently launched the Home-Based Learning (HBL) program, intending for the Basic Education students who are facing hardship in learning process amid pandemic and political turmoil in the country.
The Deputy Education Minister Ja Htoi Pan said that the HBL curriculum aims for the students, who are in the crisis situation of unable to attend their classroom, to study safely in their homes and to help keeping their continuous learning process in order to narrow the void when they can actually go back to school. “We direly need to remedy rapidly the public education system by the public help in order to get free access of continuous education for the students.” she said in the video clip posted in the HBL Facebook page.
We have been working tirelessly for the interim-learning program via online by carefully calculated the safety of the students, the political crisis and the fast spreading of COVID-19 in the country, Ja Htoi Pan said. The program is not intended for passing the grades, however, it’s mainly focus on the continuous-learning process during the interim period of crisis situation.
NUG’s Education Ministry has been working on the Federal Democracy Education curriculum since the ministry had been established a few months ago. She explained Burma’s education system had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and paralyzed by the military coup.
Ja Htoi Pan become the Deputy Education Minister of NUG in last April. Previously, she had been involved in the process of drafting the Kachin State education policy and developing curriculum based on the mother-tongue language.
Ja Htoi Pan is an educator and researcher at the Kachinland Research Centre. She previously serves as instructor of Social Science at School of Intensive English Programs (IEP) and the Director of Institute of Liberal Arts and Science. Ja Htoi Pan received a Master degree from The London School of Economic for Social Anthology study and a Master degree from the Northern Illinois University for Anthropology.