The Myanmar Learning Center (MLC) was founded in the summer of 2012, under the leadership of Oliver Byar Bowh Si, to address the needs of refugees from Myanmar who have settled in the Milwaukee area. Its mission is to develop educational and professional potential in youth and adults, through tutoring and other support services, in a learning environment that welcomes, encourages, and challenges. The Myanmar Learning Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Wisconsin.
Saturday tutoring from Sept 20 through Dec 20 (but not on Oct 25 or Nov 29), noon until 2:00 p.m. at Jackson Park Lutheran Church, 4535 W. Oklahoma Avenue.
Adult ESL class, Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., from Nov 6 through Dec 18 (but not on Nov 27), at Jackson Park Lutheran Church, 4535 W. Oklahoma Avenue. Phone 414 427-5738 to register.
Students may register at Saturday tutoring for swimming lessons, to be held Saturdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., from Jan 24, 2015 through Mar 7.
Myanmar Learning Center successful ended its 2013-2014 tutoring program with a combined retreat with MPS Burmese high school students at Jackson Park on May 31, 2014. Students and teachers from both sides enjoyed a day out and fellowship with one another, sharing foods, playing games, volley ball and Burmese traditional cane ball. It was so wonderful to see students from multi-ethnic backgrounds from Burma. Thanks to Mr. William Xiong for organizing this retreat and for providing a cane ball net, volleyball net and water, Karl for bringing the volleyball net, Nan for bringing Burmese vermicilli, Oliver for cane ball, and Mr and Mrs Bounket for Thai papaya salad, and Marne for cakes. Thanks to all students who turned up and made this a wonderful and successful event. Also thanks to parents who brought their kids to this event.
Burmese refugee education conference was such an interesting event for educators, community leaders and parents in Milwaukee. Approximately 30 people attended the conference. We believe that this is the starting point where more discussions and conferences will follow in the future. Majority of people at the conference were teachers from Milwaukee Public Schools. Some were from other nonprofit organizations. The presenters were Ko Lah (former teacher trainer from Umpiem refugee camp, Thailand), Oliver Byar Bowh Si (Bilingual Educational Specialist, MPS) and Mr. William Xiong (Guidance Counselor, MPS). Oliver explained about the situation of Burmese refugee students at high schools, and Ko Lah explained the situation of education in Umpiem refugee camp, and Mr. Xiong shared his personal story as a refugee coming from Laos but made a successful career in the US and explained the parents how their children can also be successful. Conference participants were very actively involved in discussions and agreed to meet further.
First Education Conference on Burmese Refugee Students will be will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 (5-8 pm) at Myanmar Learning Center-Milwaukee. Please kindly encourage members of your community and church to attend this conference. The conference is aimed to bring parents, community leaders and teachers together to discuss issues related to Burmese refugee education in Milwaukee. Our panelists come from a variety of professional backgrounds in education, and they will share their findings, experience and observations from the field, followed by Q & A and discussions. Please see the conference flyer below for detailed information.
Education Conference Flyer
Our Board of Directors has agreed to upgrade our Adult ESL program to Women’s Empowerment Program at our current location (Jackson Park Lutheran Church). The program will start in October. All Burmese mothers are welcome to join this new program. The program is aimed to help our Burmese mothers not only learn English but also develop professional skills that they could use to increase their income and develop a business network. For more detailed information, please contact our project coordinator, Mikaya Larson, on 612-618-1283, or contact Oliver on 414-544-5068 (for Burmese speakers).