Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme for stu­dents in Rakhine State to be launched

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CON­TENTS -

The Em­bassies of Nor­way and Den­mark will launch a schol­ar­ship pro­gramme for stu­dents from all com­mu­ni­ties in Rakhine State, to­gether with Cen­ter for Diver­sity and Na­tional Har­mony (CDNH), ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“The pro­gramme is the first of its kind. We hope it will help pave the way for fur­ther ac­tion and im­proved con­di­tions for dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple from Rakhine State in the fu­ture.” said Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador Tone Tinnes.

Rakhine State con­tin­ues to face sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges. En­sur­ing ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is one of the key rec­om­men­da­tions of the Rakhine Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion, and in­ter­na­tional part­ners were called on to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions. The aim of the pro­gramme is to im­prove ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents from dif­fer­ent vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in Rakhine State and to con­trib­ute to so­cial co­he­sion among all com­mu­ni­ties.

Dan­ish Am­bas­sador John Nielsen adds: “The schol­ar­ship pro­gramme will help im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions from the Rakhine Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion. It will pro­vide young peo­ple from vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in Rakhine State with bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for their fu­ture and em­power them to make a change for their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

Stu­dents from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in Rakhine, who have been ad­mit­ted to the first year of stud­ies at higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in the De­cem­ber 2019 in­take are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme.

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents will be cho­sen by a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, gov­ern­ment and civil so­ci­ety.

Chil­dren go­ing to school in Sit­twe, Rakhine State. Photo: AFP

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