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Man Aung, We dare to hope for our Future!

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Man Aung, We dare to hope for our Future!
Beach at Man Aung Island

Beach at Man Aung Island

ငယ္ငယ္တုန္းက ကၽြန္မ စိတ္ကူးယဥ္ဖူးတာေလး တစ္ခုရွိတယ္ ။ “မာန္ေအာင္ကၽြန္းသာ စင္ကာပူလို ျဖစ္ရင္ သိပ္ေကာင္းမွာပဲ” ဆိုၿပီး စိတ္ကူး ယဥ္ခဲ့တာေပါ့ ။ ဟိုးေရွးရွးတုန္းက မာန္ေအာင္ကၽြန္းမွာ ေလယာဥ္ကြင္းလည္းရွိတယ္။ စမံုတဲ ေလယာဥ္ကြင္းဆိုတာ ခုေတာင္ ေလယာဥ္အေဆာက္အဦးေဟာင္းၾကီး ရွိေသးတယ္ ထင္တယ္။ ေလယာဥ္ေျပးလမ္းကေတာ့ ရြာေတြ ျဖစ္ကုန္ၿပီေပါ့။

လက္ရွိအေျခအေနမွာေတာ့ မာန္ေအာင္က လမ္းပန္းဆက္သြယ္ေရး ခက္ခဲၿပီး ၊ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္က တစ္ျခားၿမိဳ႕ေတြနဲ႔လည္း အဆက္အသြယ္ သိပ္မရွိတဲ့ၿမိဳ႕ကေလးပါ။ အလြယ္ကူဆံုးလမ္းေၾကာင္းကေတာ့ မာန္ေအာင္ကေန ေတာင္ကုတ္ကို သေဘၤာနဲ႔လာမယ္.. ၿပီးရင္ ေတာင္ကုတ္ကေန ရန္ကုန္ကို လာမယ္ ။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ရဲ႕ ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ စစ္ေတြဟာ မာန္ေအာင္အတြက္ကေတာ့ သိပ္အေရးမပါလွဘူး ။ တကၠသိုလ္ေတြ တက္ၾကရင္လည္း အေ၀းသင္သမားေတြေလာက္သာ စစ္ေတြတကၠသိုလ္မွာ တက္ၾကၿပီး တစ္ျခား Day သမားေတြကေတာ့ ရန္ကုန္ကို မျဖစ္ ျဖစ္တဲ့နည္းန႔ဲ ေျပာင္းၾကတာမ်ားတယ္။ အဓိက အေၾကာင္းရင္းကေတာ့ သေဘၤာခရီးကို အၾကာၾကီး မစီးခ်င္တာ ျဖစ္ပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ခုေနာက္ပိုင္းမွသာ လွ်ပ္ေျပးယာဥ္ေတြ မ်ားလာလို႔ တစ္ညပဲ အိပ္ရေတာ့တာ။ ကၽြန္မငယ္ငယ္တုန္းကဆို စစ္ေတြကို သေဘၤာနဲ႔သြားရင္ လမ္းမွာ (၃) ည အိပ္ရတယ္ရွင့္ ။ မုန္းတိုင္းရာသီမွာမ်ား သြားမိရင္ ပင္လယ္ထဲမွာ လိႈင္းၾကီး ေလွၾကီးနဲ႔ ပက္လက္ေမ်ာရေသးတယ္။

ေနာက္တစ္ခ်က္ေျပာခ်င္တာက ရန္ကုန္ကို လာရတဲ့ ခရီးကိုပါ။ ေတာင္ကုတ္ – ရန္ကုန္ကားလမ္းဟာ ေညာင္က်ိဳးထိ ေတာ္ေတာ္ ပ်က္စီးၾကမ္းတမ္းပါတယ္။ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ဘက္ အျခမ္းကိုရွင္။ ေညာင္က်ိဳးဆိုတာက ရခိုင္ရိုးမေတာင္ေပၚမွာရွိတဲ့ ပန္းေတာင္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္အပိုင္ ယာဥ္ခဏရပ္တဲ့ ေနရာပါ။ ပန္းေတာင္းကေန ရန္ကုန္ကို လာတဲ့ဘက္အျခမ္းကေတာ့ လမ္း အတန္ အသင့္ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ရခိုင္ရိုးမ ကားလမ္းဟာ အေကြ႕အေကာက္ ၊ အတက္ အဆင္း တစ္အားကို ၾကမ္းပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္မ ရန္ကုန္မွာ ေနျဖစ္တဲ့အေၾကာင္းက အမွန္အတိုင္းေျပာရရင္ ကားစီးရမွာ ေၾကာက္လို႔ပါ။ ဒါဆို မာန္ေအာင္မွာက်ေတာ့ ဘာလို႔ မေနသလဲလို႔ ေမးစရာရွိပါတယ္။ တိုးတက္ဖို႔လမ္းစ မရွိလို႔႔ပါ။ ဘ၀မွာ ကၽြန္မ အေတာင့္တဆံုးတစ္ခုကို ေျပာပါဆိုရင္ မာန္ေအာင္မွာ ေလယာဥ္ကြင္းရွိဖို႔ကလည္း တစ္ခု အပါအ၀င္ပါပဲ။ ကၽြန္မတို႔ ေတာင္ကုတ္ – ရန္ကုန္ကို စီးရတဲ့ ကားလမ္းက ၾကမ္းရံုတင္ မကပါဘူး.. ကားေတြကလည္း ကုန္ + လူ ေရာတင္တာေၾကာင့္ အနံ႔အင္မတန္ ဆိုးပါတယ္။ ေလအိတ္ကားဆိုတာက တစ္ဂိတ္မွာ အလြန္ဆံုး (၂) စီးေလာက္ပဲ ရွိတာေၾကာင့္ ခရီးသြား ဦးေရနဲ႔ စာရင္ မေလာက္ငဘူးေပါ့ရွင္။

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Crowded Hleedan.

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Hleedan is one of the busiest places in Yangon with many road side shops, tuition classes, shopping places, variety of food stalls, main bus stops and many other training schools and hostels. Yeah, you may think that you will have fun staying or visiting Hleedan cos you can get everything at Hleedan. Hleedan has been the most busiest place since  the time of Yangon University opened in the year 1920. Since that time,  many students stayed at boarders making Hleedan as the hub of tuition schools, hostels and shops. All Burmese people know that Yangon University was closed by ruling authorities after 1996 student uprising in Myanmar. But, nothing couldn’t change Hleedan’s identity.

Oh! you may think that I’m going to write about the fun I find in Hleedan. No, I’m about to complain how Hleedan is miserable and annoying. Just look at the photo below.

People at street food shop

It is the picture of a street shop selling roasted fish in Hleedan. Nowdays, those street shops are making Hleedan more popular and crowded than before. There are many shops like that on the pavement of the road remaining no place for walking for the pedestrians. CD stalls selling illegal copies of international movies and songs make worse taking the whole pavement area.

Imagine! where are the pedestrians walking?  Yes, on the road, so carefully shunning the running cars including buses. The sound of horn from the vehicles and the shout of the bus conductors warning the people of hitting the car are making  nosier and upset. Just spend a minute walking along the road of Hleedan, I’m sure that you’ll be so upset hitting against the other walking people. Who to blame? Why does YCDC allow those undisciplined shops?

CD shops selling illegal copies

Shops selling and roasting the fish

Another thing that is bothering at night time is the smell of grilled fish. Yes, it usually makes our mouth watering to the grilled fish at some time. But, if you get it daily, I’m sure you’ll hate it and you’ll also blame that it is polluting the air.  Another worst thing is having a heap of rubbish on the road. At night, YCDC allows people  to throw away the rubbish from their houses at a fixed place on the road and staffs clean it at midnight. But having such a rubbish heap make the environment ugly.

Actually, Hleedan is quite a good place for living excepting from the facts I mentioned above. You can do shopping, eat delicious food, attend many tuition for studying and it is also a good place for friend gathering and also a hub of city transportation. But there are pros and cons in every situation. However good Hleedan is at day time, it is one of the most annoying places in Yangon at night.

A building in Hleedan full of tuition schools

Blog Seminar in Commemoration of Blog Day 2010

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It’s been three years since Myanmar Blogger Society organized its first blog seminar on Blog Day 2007. I still remember that rainy day that we all were so busy and active for our ever first blog seminar. “Why do We Blog?” got its success winning over 600 audiences and made to increase quite a number of Myanmar blogs after the seminar. MBS is the first organization in Myanmar that reveled the blogs as a platform for sharing everything to everyone.

The day comes again now. Myanmar Blogger Society is planning to organize ICT  Seminar and Workshop on Sep 13 and 14, 2010 at MICT  in commemoration of World Blog Day 2010. The event is organized by MBS in cooperation with MCPA.  We all invite all interesting persons to attend the seminar and discuss in workshop. Pls see more on MBS Website.

Environmental Protection by Youth Participation Conference

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2010 – 2011 သည္ United Nations မွ Year of International Youth အျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ထားေသာ ႏွစ္ျဖစ္သည္။ ႏွစ္စဥ္ ႏွစ္တိုင္းတြင္လည္း August 12 ကို International Youth Day အျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ထားေလ့ရွိၿပီး Youth Participation, Youth Development, Youth Movement အစရွိသည့္ အခမ္းအနားမ်ား ၊ လႈပ္ရွားမႈမ်ားကို ကမၻာတစ္၀ွမ္းတြင္ ျပဳလုပ္ေလ့ ရွိၾကသည္။ အသက္ (30) ႏွစ္ေအာက္ လူငယ္မ်ားျဖင့္ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားေသာ Myanmar Youths In Action မွလည္း International Youth Day အထိမ္းအမွတ္ အျဖစ္. 2010 ခုႏွစ္ August 14 ရက္ေန႔တြင္ Conference တစ္ခုကို ျပဳလုပ္ရန္ စီစဥ္ေနပါသည္။

2010 ခုႏွစ္သည္ လူသားတိုင္းအတြက္ ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ားကို အႀကံဳေတြ႔ရဆံုး ကာလျဖစ္သည္။ အသိသာဆံုး ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ားတြင္ Climate Change သည္ လူသားတိုင္းကို အဆိုးရြားဆံုး ထိခိုက္ေသာ အရာတစ္ခု ျဖစ္လာသည္။ ကမၻာ့ႏိုင္ငံအသီးသီးတြင္လည္း ႏိုင္ငံ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ား၏ တြန္းအားေပးမႈ ၊ ဦးေဆာင္မႈမ်ားျဖင့္ သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ထိမ္းသိမ္းေရးဆိုင္ရာ ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲမ်ား ၊ လႈပ္ရွားမႈမ်ား ၊ စာတမ္းဖတ္ပြဲမ်ား ၊ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္မ်ားကို အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ျခင္းမ်ားကို အားတက္သေရာ ေဆာင္ရြက္လ်က္ ရွိၾကသည္။ International Youth Year ျဖစ္သည့္ 2010 – 2011 ခုႏွစ္တြင္ လူငယ္မ်ား၏ ပူးေပါင္းပါ၀င္မႈမ်ားသည္ အေရးပါေသာ အခန္းက႑တစ္ရပ္ ျဖစ္ေသာေၾကာင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာတြင္လည္း Youth Led Initiative, Youth Movement မ်ားကို အေလးေပး ေဆာင္ရြက္လ်က္ရွိသည္။

Myanmar Youths In Action သည္လည္း ျမန္မာလူငယ္မ်ား၏ သဘာ၀ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ထိမ္းသိမ္းေရး လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္မ်ားကို ျမွင့္တင္ေပးလုိေသာ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ျဖင့္ “Environmental Protection by Youth Participation” Conference ကို က်င္းပမည္ ျဖစ္သည္။ ထို ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲတြင္ လူငယ္မ်ား၏ အေရးပါမႈမ်ား ၊ သဘာပ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ထိမ္းသိမ္းေရးအတြက္ လုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္သည့္ အရာမ်ားကို သဘာ၀ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ကၽြမ္းက်င္သူ ဆရာ ၊ ဆရာမႀကီးမ်ားမွ ေဆြးေႏြးေဟာေျပာ သြားမည္ျဖစ္သည္။ ထို႔အျပင္ လူငယ္မ်ားမွလည္း မိမိတို႔၏ အိုင္ဒီယာမ်ားကို လြတ္လပ္စြာ တင္ျပသြားၾကမည္ ျဖစ္သည္။

Open Call for Participation

Environmental Protection by Youth Participation Conference ကို စိတ္၀င္စားသည့္ မည္သူမဆို တက္ေရာက္ႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ဆရာ / ဆရာမႀကီးမ်ား အျပင္ ေဟာေျပာသူမ်ားအျဖစ္ လူငယ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ဖိတ္ေခၚသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ထို႔ေၾကာင့္ မိမိတို႔၏ စိတ္ကူးမ်ားကို ေဟာေျပာ ေဆးေႏြးလိုသူ လူငယ္မ်ားအေနျဖင့္ အနည္းဆံုး အခ်က္ (10) ခ်က္ထက္ မပိုသည့္ ေဟာေျပာခ်က္ အၾကမ္းမ်ားကို info@myanmar-youths.com သို႔ ၾသဂုတ္လ (10) ရက္ေန႔ ေနာက္ဆံုးထားၿပီး ေပးပို႔ႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ေပးပို႔လာသူမ်ားထဲမွ အေကာင္းဆံုး အိုင္ဒီယာမ်ားကို ေပးပို႔သည္ လူငယ္ (3) ဦးအား Speaker မ်ားအျဖစ္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ သြားမည္ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

Conference က်င္းပမည့္ ေနရာမွ Myanmar Info Tech တြင္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ အေသးစိတ္ အခ်က္အလက္မ်ားကို Myanmar Youths In Action Wall ေပၚမွ Update လုပ္ေပးသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

Digital Native Workshop

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The other day, I received an email inviting me to apply the “Digital Natives Workshop” that will be held in Taiwan from 15 – 17 August 2010. Here, I’m sharing that information so that all interested persons can apply  that workshop.

The Centre for Internet and Society in collaboration with the Frontier Foundation is holding a three day Digital Natives workshop in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, 2010. The three day workshop will serve as an ideal platform for the young users of technology to share their knowledge and experience of the digital and Internet world and help them learn from each other’s individual experiences.

Everybody has a story to tell, and with the Internet, it is possible to tell the story and be heard. Young people around the world use digital technologies to find a voice, an expression, a creative output and a space for dialogue. Gone are the days when the young were only to be seen and not heard. In the Web 2.0 world, the young are seen, heard and are making a dramatic change in the world that we live in.

As Internet and digital technologies become more widespread, the world is shrinking, time is replaced by Internet time, we are constantly connected and intricately linked to our contexts, our people, our cultures and our networks. And you, yes YOU are a part of this change. In fact, as Digital Natives– people who have found technologies as central to their lives – you are directly affecting the lives of many, sometimes even without knowing about it.

An Open Call for Participation

The Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India) in collaboration with the Frontier Foundation (Taipei, Taiwan) are calling out to young technology users to share stories about how they have tried to change things around them with the use of digital and Internet technologies. Conversely, if you feel that the presence of these technologies has significantly changed you in some way, we want to hear about that too! These can be stories where you have made a significant impact by initiating campaigns or movements for a particular cause, stories where you have used technologies to cope with problems in your personal and social life through your online persona in the virtual World Wide Web or stories where a small blog you started, or a facebook group you created, or a plurk network that you started, or a discussion group that you participated in, led to a change that has a story to tell.

The three day workshop will select 20 participants from all around Asia and in the Middle East to come and share these stories, to interact with facilitators and scholars who have worked in different countries and areas, and to form a network of collaboration and support. We will give your stories a face, a voice and a platform where they can be heard in your own voice, in your own style and in your own formats. Participants can fill in an application form (as given below) and forward it to digitalnatives@cis-india.org by 15th July 2010.

Simultaneously a website will also be hosted online where the Digital Natives will contribute to the content. Selected participants will be encouraged to document in it. Expenses relevant to the project will be granted to the selected participants.

Application Form

  • Name:
  • Gender:
  • Age:
  • Primary language of communication:
  • Other languages you can read and write:
  • Email:
  • Postal address:
  • Describe your Internet related experience / initiative(s) in 300 words. Furnish with URLs where necessary. Optionally, if images and videos are part of the description, then upload them in a high resolution version to a secure website and provide the URL.
  • Write in a few sentences about your expectation from the workshop.
  • I declare that the above information is true to the best of my knowledge.
  • I agree that Digital Natives will use the material I have provided for public use.

Please note that the information you provide will be kept for purposes of the Digital Natives project. Materials which you submit will be used for reporting to sponsors and for public use relevant to the project.

Dates: 15, 16 and 17 August, 2010
Venue: Taipei (Taiwan)

Thanks and Regards’
Hasina Hasan
Digital Natives Co-ordinator
The Centre for Internet and Society
Phone: +91-80-40926283