Ei Thin Zar

Credentials: Burma

2019 SKJ Fellow

Ei Thin Zar is a student in the department of Curriculum and Instruction studying her Ph.D., bridging world language and curriculum studies areas. Her research focuses on Burma’s language education policy. Ei is from Karen State in Burma and graduated with her B.A degree in English from Mawlamyine University, Mon State. She ran a boarding school from 2007 to 2013, right up until she obtained a scholarship for her Master’s degree. She has got her M.A in the English Language Teaching program at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. Following graduation, she returned to Burma and resume teaching at her school, working with International Organization of Migrations (IOM), and Thabyay Education Foundation in Burma. In 2016, Ei was fortunate to receive a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant award and taught Burmese at UW-Madison. After completion of FLTA, she was lucky to attain admission to the Curriculum and Instruction department. The educational experiences that Ei Thin Zar had as a student, teacher and curriculum developer convinced her of the need for mother-tongue based language education policy in Burma, a multilingual country. With the generous support of a Scott Kloeck-Jenson fellowship, Ei Thin Zar will explore historical documents to better understand language education policies in Burma over time and will travel with nongovernment educational organizations to their field sites in ethnic areas of Burma to network with locals.

Read Ei Thin Zar’s fellowship report here.