A democratic society that embraces rule of law, peace, justice, rights and responsibilities
Building an enabling environment for youths and women in consolidating democratic principles and practice.
- To build the youth intelligentsia so as to reinforce the emerging democratic society.
- To empower citizen participation, including women participation, in advancing the democratic process.
- To strengthen the capacity and role of civil society that helps keep government power in check.
- To promote consciousness of rights and responsibilities of citizens, respect for human rights and understanding democratic principles
Every Youth Deserves a Quality Education
In 2004, a group of young energetic people decided to organize a conversation club to create a space for youths where they can practice English, share news and information, and prepare for pursuing a quality education abroad, if possible. The members of the conversation club considered that their knowledge and learning need to be shared with other young people. So, they opened the Scholar English Language Center (SELC) in 2006 and the members of the club teach English classes and some capacity building courses at the center voluntarily.
After one year of teaching at the English Language Center in Yangon, the teachers of the center decided to teach English and the capacity building courses in rural areas. Thus, the program called (Rural Educational Development Program Summer) was launched in 2007. Before 2007, the conversation club has been named differently, but in 2007, it took the name “Youth Development Initiative Network (YDIN)” with some basic organizational structure such as Director, Secretary, and Central Executive Committee (CEC).
In the name of the program “Scholar English Language Center”, the organization became known to a lot of people as “Scholar”, and to better reflect the current situation, all members of the organization decided to change its name to “Scholar Institute” in (2012). Under the name of Scholar Institute, the organizational structure was also modified into much concrete one with (Board of Directors, Management Team, Members). For almost ten years, the organization was based on volunteerism- all the members work for the organization voluntarily. Starting from the beginning of 2014, the organization was developed into a professional one but not losing the volunteer spirit with full time and part time staff, volunteers, organizers based on the four different pillers of developing the organization sustainably- Human Resources, Financial Capacity, Management System, and Networking.
Therefore, from 2014, Scholar Institute has been standing as a civil society organization (non-profit) with four main concrete programs: Scholar Education Learning Center, Civic Education Program, Rural Education Development Program, and Governance Program. Through these four main programs, Scholar Institute is fulfilling its mission Building An Enabling Environment for Youths and Women in Consolidating Democratic Principles and Practices.