ABSFSU to be re­struc­tured for eth­nic in­clu­sion

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THE com­mit­tee of the All Burma Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion of Stu­dent Unions, the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion for all stu­dent unions in the coun­try, will be re­struc­tured to fa­cil­i­tate greater par­tic­i­pa­tion of stu­dents in eth­nic re­gions.

“One-third of the coun­try’s univer­sity stu­dents are from eth­nic re­gions and now there are many uni­ver­si­ties in those re­gions. We want our friends from uni­ver­si­ties in eth­nic re­gions to be a part of our new com­mit­tee,” said Ko Kyaw Ko Ko, chair of the ABSFSU’s cen­tral com­mit­tee.

The cen­tral com­mit­tee is cur­rently com­prised mostly of stu­dents who at­tend univer­sity in Yan­gon and Man­dalay re­gions, though the com­mit­tee mem­bers them­selves hail from var­i­ous eth­nic and re­li­gious back­grounds.

At the next ABSFSU lead­er­ship meet­ing, the com­mit­tee will ini­ti­ate its plans to make the body more in­clu­sive and also fa­cil­i­tate a lead­er­ship changeover to the next gen­er­a­tion, the chair said.

“Peo­ple mis­tak­enly think that there are only Ba­mar stu­dents in the union. But we want stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties in eth­nic re­gions to join us. Up to one-third of seats on the new com­mit­tee will be re­served for them,” Ko Kyaw Ko Ko said.

The cur­rent com­mit­tee will re­tire once the restruc­tur­ing process is com­plete, he added. The ABSFSU was un­able to con­firm the lo­ca­tion or date of this planned re­or­gan­i­sa­tion meet­ing.

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