Myanmar, also called Burma, is the northernmost country in Southeast Asia. Though it is a relatively small in size, it is quite large in ethnic diversity. The largest ethnic group in Myanmar are the Burman people, followed by the Karen, Shan, Han Chinese, Mon, Yangbye, Kachin, and many more. The majority of Burmese people practice Buddhism, but there are also Christian and Muslim minorities.
Though Myanmar is rich in ethnic diversity and religion, it is one of the most economically challenged countries in Southeast Asia. The poverty rate of Myanmar is 37.5%. This means that many people, especially people in the more rural areas of Myanmar, cannot afford the same type of education that people in the richer parts of Myanmar receive. Though statistics say that Myanmar’s literacy rate is 9/10, many people in the rural areas of Myanmar do not have the same education as other children do.
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Throughout Myanmar, Strive2Thrive Edu works diligently to solve social and academic issues by partnering with underprivileged schools and orphanages (goal 17). Our missions work towards three goals of the UN sustainable development goals: students’ well-being, access to education, and reduced inequalities. Regarding goal three, Strive2Thrive Edu addresses social issues regarding students’ educational well-being while building safer communities that look to education for improvement. Our projects contribute to improving education standards and academic security for all, regardless of socioeconomic status. However, while we still try and bolster the next generation, we also give opportunities to adults who want to expand their knowledge, a chance to take classes such as finance, business management. Strive2Thrive Edu works hard to improve the English and math skills of the students and adults, ensuring their prosperity in the future. Our SAT and TOFEL classes in Myanmar also bolster students’ goals of attending colleges in other countries and inspire them to work for a better future (goal four). Our tutoring lessons and classes also contribute to the reduced wealth gaps and inequalities for families of lower socioeconomic status. Our free tuition ensures that academic and social equality is achievable no matter what social or economic background.