We have been operating in Burma since 1946. Currently, we have centres in Rangoon and Mandalay and operate a wide range of programmes across the country.
We have growing collaboration with the state education sector, and now offer our services to government on behalf of the UK; we are developing particularly close ties with the Ministry of Education.
We undertake a range of activity to support Burma’s large NGO and CBO communities (community-based organisations) in areas such as human rights awareness and responsible investment, delivering contracts based on a strong track record.
Here are some information and statistics outlining our activities in Burma:
- We provide a unique space and support for change-makers within Burmese society, and have developed a large and dynamic network of civil society groups / individuals to whom we offer training and support.
- We work with hundreds of NGOs, INGOs and CBOs through two DFID/SIDA-funded civil society projects, Pyoe Pin and Amatae.
- We are enabling a social enterprise sector to emerge in Burma through our Skills for Social Entrepreneurs programme.
- We deliver co-funded projects in rule of law, human rights and responsible investment.
- We receive more than 200,000 visitors to our buildings in Rangoon and Mandalay each year.
- Our libraries have over 10,000 members and support a network of 19 remote learning centres across the country.
- We teach 2,500 students at our teaching centre each year and deliver 85,000 exams. We have 50 trainers based in all 23 of Burma’s teacher training colleges.
- We offer English lessons through newspapers and journals reaching over 300,000 people every week.
- Our social network site, Myanmar Network, has 69,000 members. Our Facebook page reaches 1.6 million people, one of the largest British Council country pages in the world.