In an interview set up with students at Berkeley University, Aung San Suu Kyi was asked by a Burmese student what they could do to help. "Please don't forget your roots" she replied and reminded her that young people in Burma do not have the same educational opportunities available to those in other parts of the world.
"I would so much appreciate it if young people would concentrate on helping young people in Burma get a better education" she said, adding that in addition to moral support "I would like you to do something practical" such as assisting with educational funding.
PROSPECT BURMA gives young Burmese people access to education – one of the United Nation’s fundamental human rights. Since 1988 Burmese universities have been repeatedly closed and education remains in crisis. A whole generation has been deprived of education and the effect on Burma’s future is incalculable.
Since our foundation in 1989 we have funded scholarships for over 1,500 Burmese students, enabling them to qualify as professionals and to go on to work for Burma both inside and outside the country.
We also fund free English language tuition for desperately poor Burmese refugees in Delhi, a teacher training programme for Burmese in Thailand who in turn train other teachers in Burma, and English language courses inside Burma.
As the message below attests, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi endorses the work we do and she generously donates part of the income from her Nobel Peace Prize and other prizes towards our work.
If you would like to apply for one of our scholarships or make a donation, click Scholarships or How to Help.
Education has always been one of my chief concerns as it is, together with health care, the most important need for the future of Burma. Without an educated and qualified population efforts to build a stable, developed society would be obstructed by insurmountable difficulties.
Prospect Burma is a non-political charity which does its best to fill the gap. It funds scholarships for young Burmese, most of whom have been forced to look for their education abroad.
I am very proud to learn that Prospect Burma has grown so much since its foundation. Unfortunately an enormous amount still remains to be done to help young people in Burma acquire education of a standard that would enable them to take their country forward in this global age.
I therefore appeal to our friends and supporters all over the world to help Burma towards a sound future by giving generously to Prospect Burma. Every penny givien can make a difference to the prospects of our young people and hence of our country.
Aung San Suu Kyi