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UNSW Event Sydney: Dr Thant on publication trends and books in Myanmar

Upcoming event at UNSW on books in Myanmar There is now more opportunities than ever before to promote education and knowledge through public libraries in Myanmar. Yet because it has been closed for so long to the outside world, Myanmar is facing numerous challenges ranging from the lack of infrastructure to human resource capacity. This presentation will focus on recent trends in the publication of books published in Myanmar in both English and Burmese. The presentation will cover reading promotion efforts by two of the main local NGOs; Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation and the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation which is chaired by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. Bio of Speaker: Dr Thant Thaw Kaung is CEO and founder of Myanmar's leading book importer and distributor, the Myanmar Book Centre. He also founded and is Executive Director of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation. This NGO has so far donated over one million books to over 900 libraries in Myanmar as well as preser

Principles and Processes of Constitution-making

On 4-5 February 2017, I ran a workshop on 'Principles and Processes of Constitution-making' for a select group of participants in Myanmar. The course included discussion on the role and function of a constitution, types of constitutional change, common processes in constitution-making, and public participation in constitutional reform, with reflection on comparative experiences and the case of Myanmar. This workshop was organized as part of a program run by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Burmese translation: Tribute to U Ko Ni

[pdf version available here ] ဦးကုိနီသုိ႔ တစ္သီးပုဂၢလ ဂုဏ္ျပဳတမ္းခ်င္း မလီဆာ ခေရာက္ခ်္ (Melissa Crouch) ၊ ဧည့္ေဆာင္းပါးရွင္၊ ဇန္နဝါရီလ ၃၁ရက္၊ ၂၀၁၇ခုနွစ္ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔က ထင္ရွားသည့္ မြတ္စလင္မ္ ေရွ႕ေနတစ္ဦးျဖစ္ၿပီး ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏ ဥပေဒအၾကံေပး ဦးကုိနီသည္ လုပ္ၾကံမႈလုိ႔ ယူဆရတဲ့ သတ္ျဖတ္မႈနဲ႔ အေသပစ္သတ္ျခင္း ခံခဲ့ရသည္။ မလီဆာ ခေရာက္ခ်္ (Melissa Crouch) က သူ႔ဘဝ တစ္ေစ့တစ္ေစာင္းနဲ႔ ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံရဲ့ အသိစိတ္ရွိေသာ ဥပေဒေရးရာ အသံတစ္ခု၏ အေမြအႏွစ္အေၾကာင္း ထင္ဟပ္တင္ျပထားပါသည္။ ဤရက္သတၱပတ္အတြင္း ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံမွာ ရွိတဲ့ လူေတြဟာ ျဖစ္လာေတာ့မယ့္ တုိင္းျပည္အမ်ိဳးအစားကုိ မ်က္ေမွာက္ျပဳ ထိပ္တုိက္ေတြ႔ဖုိ႔ တြန္းအားေပးခံၾကရပါၿပီ။ ၂၀၁၇ခုႏွစ္ ဇန္နဝါရီလ ၂၉မွာ ထင္ရွားတဲ့ ေရွ႕ေနတစ္ဦးျဖစ္ၿပီး၊ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ရဲ့ ဥပေဒအၾကံေပးလည္းျဖစ္တဲ့ ဦးကုိနီဟာ ရန္ကုန္ အျပည္ျပည္ဆုိင္ရာ ေလဆိပ္မွာ ဝမ္းနည္းေၾကကြဲဖြယ္ရာ လုပ္ၾကံ သတ္ျဖတ္ခံခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ဦးကုိနီဟာ ျပန္ၾကားေရးဝန္ၾကီး ဦးေဖျမင့္နဲ႔အတူ အင္ဒိုနီးရွားနုိင္ငံ ခရီးကေန ျပန္လာခဲ့တာပါ။ ဦးကုိနီဟာ ဥပေဒျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးကုိ ရပ္ခံလႈံ႔ေဆာ္ရာမွာ ပြင္းပြင္းလင္းလင္း ေျပာတတ္ၿပီး၊