A letter from Miss July Soe a 3rd-year student at The Esther Project and who is in her final year of school, who we are pleased to provide her with one of the Esther Project scholarships for tutoring to prepare her to pass the all-important Matriculation exam in Myanmar.
My name is Miss July Soe. I am fifteen years old. I have already written my grade 9 exam and now I am preparing for my grade 10. I was born in Shan State, into a very poor family who because they could not afford me, chose to give me away. In the village I was born in we do not access to education. but after I came to Yangon, I have a better education.
My ambition is to become a doctor. So that I may help care for those who are poor because in Myanmar they do not get to see a doctor or a nurse. I have been living in Yangon at an orphanage for five years. Under the protection and provision of my new parents at the orphanage, I have been doing great in my education. I have studied at the Esther Project for 2 years. I have found that the English and computer skills we learn at the Esther Project is very helpful and useful for me and has given me skills and motivation to seek my dream to become a doctor. But first I must pass the matriculation exam.
As we all know, it is almost impossible to pass the matriculation exam that is administered at the end of the 10th-grade year without receiving outside tutoring. If I can attend tuition and study hard, I will surely pass the test. When I pass the test, it will have a positive impact on my fellow younger sisters and brothers. I will be able to set myself a good example for them. And passing the test could open a big door to pursue my dream. Therefore, the scholarship you have given me will surely change my life.
I know the schedule is very hard, but not too hard if I want to be a good example to my younger brothers and sisters at the orphanage. The schedule for the tutoring is from 1 pm to 10 pm every day. from Monday to Sunday. There is no off day for 10 graders. There are five teachers who will be providing the tutoring as well as providing a personal guide for each student. And they also put a personal guide to help the students.
Thank you for believing in me, and helping to make all of this possible for me and for all of us in The Esther Project.
It isn’t all work, part of shaping the behavior of the children is to show them that they matter, that they need to be celebrated, to this end this week, we had a birthday celebration for the students born in March at each center. This celebration is vital for the kids as they have never seen a birthday cake prepared for them in their life. We are impressed by this event every month. We can see the joy in their eyes as we celebrate for them. Each center celebrated in its own way. It was an inspiring moment as their fellow students made a wish for each of the birthday boys/girls.
This year, the instructors are busier than ever, as with the substantial growth of The Esther Project, each teacher is being asked to take more classes, combining this with the fact that many of our first-year students are younger, we have more challenges in teaching English as it seems like our traditional course in difficult for them to comprehend. This was somewhat anticipated and is the reason at the beginning of this session, we implemented a beta test going currently at the new Shwe Pyi Thar centers, testing a new method that is designed for younger learners. Thus far that program seems to be excelling, and we are beginning to incorporate some of the ideas and methods into the other centers as well for the classes with younger students.
For the upcoming week, we will be administering the first test of the year in both English and computer training, to measure the progress of our students, the effectiveness of the teachers and course work.
Our Esther Project, a non-profit program in Myanmar provides vocational training to orphans. We currently serve over 200 children in 29 orphanages in 6 locations.