ABSFSU to be restructured for ethnic inclusion
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.