As described in the Grant Funding Arrangement the Myanmar Young Leaders’ Programme (MYLP) is an integrated twenty-five week English language and democracy in action programme, run by UnionAID in conjunction with the Victoria University of Wellington English Language Institute (ELI). MYLP builds on the successful Burma Young Community Leaders Programme (BYCLP) which ran for four years from 2009-2012 and was funded by MFAT. The current MFAT-funded MYLP activity will run for three years (2014 -2017) and aims to assist Myanmar’s moves towards democracy by providing up to 24 young leaders (eight annually) from civil society organisations in Myanmar with the opportunity to:
- attain English language proficiency;
- knowledge and understanding of development;
- knowledge of New Zealand political processes and democracy in action; and
- peace building and conflict resolution skills.
Through leadership roles in their organisations and communities, it is envisaged that MYLP participants will make an active contribution to building democracy in Myanmar locally in their communities, and potentially at a national level. The overarching goal of the MYLP is to build human capacity and leadership in Myanmar to support the peaceful transition to democracy and strong enduring links with New Zealand.