On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development. One of KT Care’s development philosophies is that every person has the right to a decent education. Therefore, KT Care provides scholarships to students and contributes to building the educational infrastructure of Myanmar. The Scholarship Program provides financial support for 3-5 years (including fees for accommodation in a hostel, meals, tuition, stationery and other necessities) to disadvantaged students with high academic achievement, to pursue studies at national universities. In addition, some scholarship students also work as interns at KT Care Foundation as part of their training. So far, KT Care has funded 171 students successfully.
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage. The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.”
On every October 10, thousands of people celebrate World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for global mental health education,awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. The overall objective of this day is to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide.In some countries, this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.This recommendation outlines the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
Did you know today is the international day of older persons? Let’s take a moment to congratulate the older persons in this special day.
In Myanmar society, people with 60 years of age or above are regarded as older persons and it’s seen as polite for younger people to give respect to them. The total number of older persons in Myanmar is 5,443,000 in total according to a report by ‘Help Age International’. Among the older persons, some of them have relatives or family members to take care of them while some don’t. For older persons with no one to look after them, their only solution is to go to ‘home for elderly persons’. The first person who established a place for elderly in Myanmar is Daw Oo Zune. Since then, a number of homes for elderly persons have been growing in Myanmar.