The Community Leadership & Research Institute (CLRI), launched by Thabyay Education Foundation in 2020, is a leading-edge program designed to fill capacity gaps which hinder inclusive development and a transition towards a more peaceful democracy in Myanmar. The Institute aims to equip young adults from diverse backgrounds in three key areas – social science, management and leadership, and research. Graduates of CLRI will be prepared to foster a culture of good governance and sustainable development through strong management and evidence-based decision-making.

The course provides an introduction to citizenship, the responsibilities and duties of a citizen, human rights, and the role of civic education in society. You will learn about different approaches to civic participation and develop your critical thinking. You will also learn to debate important civic issues.

This course introduces key political ideas, theories, and actors, with a specific focus on changing Myanmar. The aim of the course is for you to become an informed citizen who is empowered to participate in the political process to contribute to a more peaceful and just society. This course will give you the tools to analyze and evaluate political ideologies and understand the role of different actors in Myanmar.

This course introduces you to gender issues and highlights some of the different challenges faced by people because of their gender. You will gain knowledge to critically assess your communities, culture, and society in terms of gender, and you will learn about practical methods create a more just and equal society.

This course introduces you to key aspects of community management, community leadership and collective responsibility. It focuses on soft skills for effective leadership such as cultural competence, team building, and decision-making, and will help to promote intercultural and interfaith tolerance and acceptance. You will also think about challenges you may face in community development, and how you can use leadership skills and work in teams to solve community problems.

In this course you will learn about how entrepreneurship can be used to enhance the livelihoods of their local communities in a culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. You will learn the basics of fundraising, market analysis, and business writing. You will also have the opportunity to learn from social enterprises/entrepreneurs in Myanmar to understand the realities of running a social enterprise or business with social impact.

This course will give you the opportunity to design and plan the early stages of your research process. You will learn how to build a research project starting from a personal interest and how to formulate a research question. You will also learn how to collect and review relevant literature, and gain the skills needed to develop an appropriate research design, methodology and methods in preparation for your field work.

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of empirical research, both qualitative and quantitative, and to the essential activities of the research process. You will learn about the key differences between qualitative and quantitative methodologies and explore a diverse range of research methods. You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to choose the appropriate methodology and methods based on a research project’s aim and main question. Given the challenges created by the Covid19 pandemic, you will also think about alternative and innovative data collection strategies and reflect on challenges and opportunities when applying them to the context of Myanmar.

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