Myanmar Leadership Institute (MLI), Kamayut Township Yangon

May I have the courage today to live the life that I would love,
to postpone my dream no longer but do at last
what I came here for and waste my heart on fear no more.
(John O'Donohue)

This prayer was chosen as our Centering Prayer during the first quarter orientation program on 12 September. It speaks of courage and sense of purpose fitting to the atmosphere of the day as eleven students of MLI commenced their online Diploma Program. We had an opening remark by Fr Jacob and a welcome from Prof Miel Reyes and the ADMU team assuring them of their support during this period of learning.

Three students enrolled in the Liberal Studies program within the Jesuit Worldwide Learning. “Liberal studies program is more than facilitating the learning of human rights, peace process, conflict management and life skills. It stresses the importance of giving benefits to the communities in developing countries such as Myanmar. After some years teaching English, I feel there is more to share if I learn Liberal Studies.” Said Sr Marie Therese who is attending the program this year together with two other students, Arkar Hpyoe Wae and Khine Thazin. As for Arkar, the reason to take Liberal Studies is to have a wider knowledge and to exercise critical thinking. "The program has challenged me in thinking outside the box." He said.

In addition, another six students have started the Peace Leader online Program since the first week of September. They are now into the fourth week discussions which include a preparation of a Practicum. Students will learn to do field research, practice Peace Leader values and skills through guided practice and experiential learning. After completing the application and the Linguaskills Tests, four teachers of Campion Institute have been accepted in the GEL Teacher Training Program with Creighton University. In this period of lockdown, the JWL blended learning model which partly requires physical classroom interaction needs to be conducted virtually through various online platforms. We wish these students all the best as they have just commenced their studies in various programs.

We thank our colleagues Ms BD Sang and Ms Amanda Mowry from Partner Asia for facilitating classes on Emotional Intelligence with our students. Over the course of eight weeks, students explored the various components of Emotional Intelligence including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills, and motivation. The class was conducted in a participatory style with emphasis on student-centered learning and in-class activities. All material was tailored to the individual needs of students which provide them with tools to strengthen their skills in “leading the self.”