Student Portrait

I am an educator who is passionate about urban education and e-learning programs for underprivileged children with parents from the working class and poor socio-economic backgrounds. I plan to invest my time, energy, and efforts in the education sector.

Using a bottom-up approach, I hope to become a policymaker working in Burma‘s Ministry of Education to help reform the country’s broken education system, especially for government schools.

I also hope to work as a university lecturer and provide affordable education services to learners from rural areas. I am currently delivering affordable online conversational English courses and have two teachers working with me. My services are provided to those who cannot afford to pay expensive fees to study at learning centers in the cities and those who reside in rural areas lacking teachers and learning centers.

My mission is to nurture, educate, and provide quality education to children in Burma and beyond; they in turn can continue educating younger generations. I want to ensure that this culture flourishes till Burma becomes a developed country and the world becomes a better and kinder place for all.

I believe the world needs qualified and passionate educators to help their communities thrive. Zomia will help me fulfill my professional and career goals to become an education policymaker and university lecturer, helping underprivileged children thrive in their education and careers.

Recently open to foreign investment and policy reforms to grow its economy, my country is now facing economic sanctions, with international investment fleeing quickly. The process of democracy is slow, and everything takes a long time if we do not utilize improved public policies and management approaches. Partnerships and international relations with other countries are limited since older generations hang on to traditional old-school attitudes and policies.

 About Mya

  • Age: 29
  • Ethnicity: Chinese, Danu, Karen, Mon, Shan
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Master’s, Educational Studies
  • 3rd Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a university lecturer
  • Help reform Myanmar’s broken education system
  • Visit Bhutan

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $5,950
  • Amount Left To Fund: $4,625
  • Contract Duration: 12 years
  • Status: In School
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An unstable economy and political system result in a lack of access to basic needs for Burmese citizens. I have grown up witnessing and experiencing the lack of basic needs such as electricity, health care services, and quality education. Because of this, I hope to become a visionary policymaker and help Burma apply tech-forward approaches to improve the country’s traditional constitution and policies.

While many of us in Burma are focused on economic and political transformation, I am one of a few individuals who believe that policy reform, particularly involving education, is the most vital, fundamental, and powerful tool to bring about positive change in the country.

In addition to educating myself, I will also ensure that non-elite groups in rural areas have access to quality education with cutting-edge technologies. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, I hope to use my skills to work at the Minstry of Education and foster a bottom-up approach to reform. I will encourage the authorities to efficiently and dramatically transform Burma into a developed country.

As a young woman, I, against all odds, hope to create opportunities for Burmese citizens from different socio-economic backgrounds to gain access to quality education and basic needs. I will do so by providing engaging and progressive ways of solving the seemingly insurmountable social challenges they face.

Written by Mya with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.



“I believe the world needs qualified and passionate educators to help their communities thrive.”

Q&A With Mya

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
My time at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh
How would your friends describe you?
Hard-working, smart, and kind
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
Financial management
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Financial management
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
I want to get a better job with a higher salary!
Where would you most like to travel?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Meals with my family
What’s your dream job?
University lecturer and school administrator
If you won $1 million in a lottery, how would you spend it?
I will lend money to students and build affordable schools in rural parts of Burma.

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