Nam DarBu, from Karen State, Burma, pictured in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I'm already graduate in Burma and before I was teaching in the temple for children in the village.
My parents were farmers and were poor and they cannot pay for my education and so I got some some help from the temple, from the monks. They sent me to girl school secretly because in my village nobody can go outside and nobody can learn so I was studying very secretly. I studied in Karen state, inside the city.
Because we don't have freedom, we cannot say anything. We had to study what they teach, what they taught, we had to learn just like this. But I studied because I want to improve my people in my village.
We had to learn Burmese, English, Math, we had everything but we had to learn only from their lectures.
Like the other countries, they have outside reading, but we don't have. We only have books from government.
We cannot learn the other thing. Because teacher teaches we, we had to learn only this.
For monks, they cannot do anything for the people. They have to stay in the temples and when people come they have to talk, just like this. because we don't have schools, we don't have schools, we only have to learn in temple. we have some book in temple but how can they read? although they have books, how can they read?
have to learn, beginner, like abc or something,
they're parents have little education, they can teach for their children.
they're almost farmer and they do agricultural in their village, they're scared they don't want to go anywhere because in my country we use Burmese, for villager they speak Poh Karen, they cannot speak Burmese very well, they cannot get good jobs. In my village no children have education. I was teaching in temple, I didn't do anything I just teaching (statters) chil..for children in my village. I tell my parents and the monks I want to continue my studies if I pass my school but I know, not very easy for me, I know. because we don't have money for ed