Our Myanmar accelerator ran from September 2020-January 2021. With the generous support of the Myanmar Foundation for Analytic Education, which has been supporting innovative education efforts in Myanmar for nearly two decades, we convened 20 emerging environmental leaders to build leadership skills, gain critical knowledge of Myanmar's environmental challenges, and create action plans for team projects. As part of the training, we organized workshops, speakers, and panels from leading environmental experts in Myanmar and across the region. They shared content on the following subjects:
Creative Problem Solving
Urban and Household Composting
Storytelling for Change
Government and Development Agency Strategies for Addressing Conservation and Climate Change
Urban Water and Sanitation Services
Responsible Business for Environmental Awareness
Climate and Energy
The participants self-organized into four teams, which received funding for group projects in their communities.
The teams addressed consumption habits, household composting, environmental education in primary and secondary schools, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene). Collectively, they impacted more than 1,000 community members across nearly all of Myanmar's administrative divisions.
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
Wyne Wyne is a development professional with over 15 years of multicultural and diverse experience, specializing in learning and development as well as in environmental management. Currently, she is working as a National Technical Expert for Building Climate Resilience of Urban Systems through Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) in the Asia-Pacific Region - Myanmar together with UNEP and Myanmar's Environmental Conservation Department. She is also an ILO certified Master Trainer, and assists in the the tourism sector's Micro SMEs development.
She actively engages in impact activities for both local and regional youth in ASEAN and South Asian countries on awareness raising campaigns. Wyne holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Political Management from Aldersgate University, Philippine and Post Graduate Diploma in International Development and Communication Management, from City University, UK.
She also co-founded the “Beat the Plastics Pollution” grassroots movement and Thant Myanmar, which focuses on advocacy and education of the diverse key actors for environmentally sustainable solutions.