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Imagining the Future: Empowering Youth

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Workshop for Burmese Youth in India to empower them to engage in the ongoing transitional processes in their home country
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Imagining the Future: Empowering Youth

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With the political changes and transition of power in Burma, the situation of Burmese refugees in India is changing. In the past, refugee youth looked to resettlement in Western countries as their best option for the future. Some also considered making a new home permanently in India. Now, the option of returning back to Burma is becomming more realistic. However, the situation is uncertain and can be confusing for the youth. Furthermore, the present Burmese government has not taken any measures so far to ensure expedient and safe return of the refugees from India.

The seminar aims to provide an opportunity for discussing what role youth returning from India can play in the transition of Burma, what employment and civil engagement opportunities there could be for the returnees or how the youth can prepare themselves to navigate the transition successfully.

The two-day seminar will take place in June 2014 and will bring together 60-70 Burmese youth from New Delhi, India.

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Name of Organization Chin Student Union (CSU)
About the Organisation

The Chin Student Union was formed in 1946, by a few Chin students at the Rangoon University, to participate in the movement to achieve independence from the British Empire. After the student uprising in Burma on August 8, 1988, leaders were exiled to India and the organization was reformed in 1995. The Chin Student Union’s aims and objectives include helping with the educational and social problems of the Chin people; preserving and promoting the Chin literature, culture, and tradition; and advocating for equality and self-determination in the Union of Burma together with other ethnic organizations.

The CSU helps Burmese students and youth to get admission to Indian schools, colleges, and universities. It has organized workshops, trainings, and other activities for Burmese refugees in Delhi. CSC has also collaborated with Tibetan Student Union and Indian Student Union to help Burmese people get access to education in India. The organization serves Burmese refugees all over India and networks with student groups inside as well as outside of Burma.

Total Costs INR 40,000 (approx. CZK 13,000 / EUR 470 / USD 655)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 13,000
Total Number of Shares 26
Location New Delhi
Timeframe 2014
Progress Update

The workshop took place on the 16th and 17th of July 2014. Sixty eight students and young refugees from Burma participated in inspirational sessions exploring the current situation in the Burmese community in India, political developments in Burma, educational opportunities, prospects of employment opportunities both in India and back in the home country or the role of media in the transition process. Please see some photos from the event in the upper left corner of this page.

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