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Min Min, the second youngest of six children, understands the value of education, and wants to ensure that no child has to go through what she has been through.

At just six years old, Min Min (with her mother and five siblings), was struggling through the jungle, travelling between villages to keep safe amidst the tense struggle for a ceasefire agreement between the government and armed groups. After two days of walking, with no food or fresh water, they finally came to a village where they could rest. However, their safety was not guaranteed for long, and they were quickly advised to continue moving to find a different place to live.

Distressingly, this is a common story of many people in Myanmar.

When Min Min was 12, her mother passed away, leaving the children in the care of their local parish, which was extremely supportive, especially of the education of the children. Min Min was able to go to school for Kindergarten and Year 1, and then moved to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, to continue her education until Year 10, when she went on to learn English.

Min Min contributed to the parish through volunteering with the recently opened middle school, which is where her love for teaching began. After learning about the Pyinya Sanyae Institute of Education (PSIE), where young men and women are taught child-centred teaching methodologies, Min Min knew she wanted to learn there, and applied to study at the centre.

PSIE made a huge impact on Min Min's life; she learnt new skills to help her teaching. Last year, Min Min was posted in a remote village to complete her practical training, and was able to use these skills to support each child with their needs. This village had a lot of poor children who often had no money for food, and some children were sick with diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Min Min wanted to give these children the opportunity to learn and benefit from education, just as she had thanks to the care of her parish.

Min Min is thankful for her training at PSIE. When she graduates from the program with a Diploma of Education, she would like to return to the school in the remote village where she completed her practical training.

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