SHANAN Education Networking Group (SENG) is an umbrella group comprising many community education groups located in different areas in Northern Shan State, parts of Kachin State, Manadalay division, and Seigain division.
This network is run by volunteers and responds to local education demands by organizing many different types of short training courses such as English proficiency, computer studies, Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) and community development workshops. In addition, SENG also finds funding for the cost of stationary (books, pencils and pen) for children in these areas.
SENG has been running a young leadership development program for six years, which provides short and very basic teacher training to young people who have finished school and have a willingness to serve their respective communities. Not all children in these areas have access to government schools. So, SENG organizes education centers for them which are run by community. In addition, SENG also provides after school classes to children who go on to government schools because often those schools don’t have enough teachers and deliver a limited curriculum. Those schools often have large classes and focus on memorizing information for exams. For this reason, SENG promotes critical thinking skills for teachers using methods from Thinking Classroom Foundation.
The Network is set in the same spirit as the communities’ togetherness. Through these partnerships we stand as one, helping/ supporting one another to accomplish our works for each community.
“Partnership is the heartbeat of our working group”