The Myanmar Green Leaders Academy is an online program which will run from June 17th to July 2nd, 2021. It is part of a broader initiative led by 10 Billion Strong which aims to train 1 million green leaders in 36 key countries by 2025.
The program will be conducted in English and is focused on preparing emerging youth leaders to understand key environmental issues, and learn how to use the civic engagement to effectively address environmental challenges.
In Support of the Sustainable Development Goals
Driving Collective Impact
Our ultimate goal is to advance environmental quality. As part of our values to support individual agency and allow participants to lead in their local context, we support impact towards environmental outcomes that align with any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water), and 15 (Life on Land)
Flexible Online Learning
Supporting Leaders During Challenging Times
The program content will be available via an online learning management system (LMS) called Crew. Participants will login to access readings, course lectures, and submit reflections and short assignments.Participants can complete their work at any time that works for their schedule. This asynchronous learning methodology will allow flexibility for participants who may have unstable internet access. However, we ask that participants be able to devote 1-2 hours for coursework each day.
Participants who joined the program will work towards the following outcomes:
Gain an understanding of the most pressing environmental issues impacting their communities and the planet.
Develop personal and civic efficacy, as well as key social connections to support environmental actions.
The following environmental literacy, leadership, and civic engagement topics will be addressed:
Myanmar and Southeast Asia Regional Environmental Overview
Climate Change, Climate Adaptation, and Climate Mitigation
Plastic and Air Pollution
Social Innovation & Transformative Action
Environmental Movement Building
Stakeholders and Systems
We will also plan to arrange several non-mandatory group calls for those who would like to interact with their peers and program leadership.
The target audience: youth aged 17- 23, though the upper age range is flexible.
Ability to commit to 1-2 hours per day to complete course readings, videos, and assignments.
Internet access and the ability to access course content.
Strong English language skills.
Demonstrated interest in addressing environmental challenges.
Demonstrated interest in being a thoughtful member of our program and commitment to completing the program content.
Special note: the program leadership, inside and outside of Myanmar, are committed to working with all participants to continue learning opportunities for youth leaders despite the tragic events since February 1st. To this end, we will be supportive, flexible, and understanding of all participants’ needs and seek to accommodate as many individual circumstances as necessary to help them complete the course.
Our highlights from our 2020 Environmental Leadership Accelerator Program in Yangon:
100% of our participants reported they are more capable of addressing environmental issues than when they started the program.
95% of our participants reported they are more motivated to address environmental issues after the program.
90% of our participants reported they strongly agree that they are capable of sharing the knowledge they learned with their community.
"At first I used to think youth cannot tackle and make a difference in environmental issues, but now I think even a small group can change the world and they can perform if they are active and work hard." - Accelerator Participant
"I used to think solutions to environmental challenges should be managed by the government, but now I think every individual has their own responsibility to keep the environment clean and green, as well as in addressing environmental problems." - Accelerator Participant