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British Council work in Burma

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

During a recent visit to Burma Meg Munn MP and a delegation of parliamentarians met representatives of the British Council in Yangon to hear about the work supporting the development of social enterprises.

British Council programme co-ordinator, Mi Mi Myo Win along with Yvonne Witter, an expert in social enterprise, outlined that as Burma undergoes rapid changes following recent economic and political reforms there is a growing demand for services and social development. Through the development of such enterprises disadvantaged group’s benefit, particularly by building their skills and experience.

Later in the visit the British parliamentarians had the opportunity to visit three projects supported by the British Council. Within one village community the group visited a clinic, a community centre and a library with English books where the more traditional activity of the British Council in providing access to English lessons also takes place.

Meg said:

"Like many people I associate the British Council primarily with the teaching of English. It is good to see it playing a role in supporting the important development of social enterprise which enables people to take an active part in tackling social needs in Burma."

 

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