Following recent government directives to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Myanmar, we paused our face to face operations in Yangon and Mandalay starting from 28 August. We will offer an update on our approach towards the end of September.
The British Council made the decision to temporarily close our offices again to support the Myanmar government’s efforts to reduce risk, and to protect the health and safety of all our customers, staff, and the communities in which we operate.
However, we are continuing our teaching via virtual classes with 2,100 students attending our English courses with our highly qualified English teachers, who offer support by introducing the right tools and providing advice and direction for studying in this way. Our English language courses are also available on MRTV Education Channel and Mandalay FM for those without access to the internet. Our digital library now provides over 100,000 resources to people across Myanmar. Meanwhile, our Exams team is working with our partners to agree how soon we can provide exams services again when the situation allows us to do so.
During the past few months, the pandemic has affected us all. It has impacted our society, our businesses and the way we live our lives and presented us with many new challenges. I would like to assure you of our determination to work together to meet these challenges, with the help of all of you, as well as that of our members of staff, clients and partners and in line with the guidance provided by our local authorities.
The British Council has been in Myanmar for over 70 years. Despite the temporary closure of our offices, we remain committed to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and Myanmar through arts and culture, education and the English language.
These are extremely challenging times for many of us. I am convinced though that with commitment, professionalism, and solidarity from us all, we will find ways to innovate our working practices and share our experiences to come through this difficult time with renewed strength and creativity.