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Karen Community in Minnesota to Call for Equal Education Rights

Karen community living in Minnesota, U.S. will call for equal rights to education like other races at the Minnesota Capitol on June 15. Speaking to the Karen News on June 14, the Karen Community of Minnesota (KCM) leader Morrison Johnny said the KCM will lead the Karen Advocacy Day and demand to meet with state government officials. “We will collect…

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Karen Entrepreneurs Association to be Established

The Karen Entrepreneurs Association will be established in July with the aim to develop Karen youth entrepreneurs, according to the Yangon Region Karen Literature and Culture Committee (KLCC), which is organizing the association. Yangon Region KLCC’s joint secretary – 1 Saw Bo Bo Wai Maung said the Karen Entrepreneurs Association will be established with Karen entrepreneurs from across the country…

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First Karen Traditional Restaurant Opens in Rangoon

A Karen restaurant has opened in Rangoon with the objective to introduce traditional dishes to the public. The owner, Sa Khwa Khwa said his restaurant, Non Tae Ya [The Flag], plans to introduce traditional Karen food to the market, and said it will be the first restaurant to do so. Sa Khwa Khwa restaurant opened for business on Tuesday June…

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Funding Cuts Force Refugee Camp Education Programs to Close – Others Struggle to Survive

Karen education officials warn cuts to refugee camp programs are forcing schools to close. Higher education schools in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border are running out of funding, are struggling to keep open and face pressure to relocate back to Burma. Officials from the Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity- KRCEE told Karen News that some Kaw Thoo Lei Higher…

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Australia Karen Join Global Protest against Burma Army Attacks on Villagers

The Australian Karen Organization rallied outside the Burmese Embassy in Canberra to protest against the Burma Army’s recent attacks on villages in Karen State. Members of the Australian Karen community travelled from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to protest. The Australian Karen organization said in a media statement that the Canberra demonstration was part of a Global Karen Protest against attacks…

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Musicians Urge the Preservation of Karen Traditional Music

Karen traditional musicians have urged the Karen people to preserve Karen traditional music since the majority of the Karen people are not interested in playing the Karen traditional musical instruments. Saw Mike Aung Kho, who plays Gain (Migyaung Hlyar) and Khanar (zither), told Karen News on May 14 that the number of people who can play traditional musical instruments has…

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Residents Want Authorities to Build a Bridge over Win Yaw River

Local residents want the authorities to build a bridge over the Win Yaw River to connect the eastern side of the river with Kale-Tagundaing administrative unit in Win Yaw area under Kyainseikgyi Township, Karen State. Kwankathaung Village Administrator U Tin Win Aung told Karen News on April 23 that the residents from over 20 villages in the eastern side of…

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Lay Kay Kaw New Town Suffers from Water Shortage

A new town established by the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Karen State government for displaced residents in Myawaddy District, Karen State is currently suffering from water shortage. Water is distributed to Lay Kay Kaw New Town (Myothit) through the pipelines from Taung Kone (locally known as Kyauk Gu), which is around three miles from the new town. The…

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Karen Language Teaching Moves up to Grade 4 in Pago Region Schools

Karen Students attending government schools in the Pago (Pegu) region will be taught Karen language subject up to Grade 4 in 2018-19 academic year. In the previous academic year, the Karen language, as a subject was taught only up to grade 3 students. Saw Augustine Khu, Communication Officer of the Pago Karen Literacy and Culture Committee, told Karen News, that…

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‘Western Pwo Kayin Literature Care Youth Group’ supports 1,765 Kayin literature beginners

The Western Pwo Karen Literature Support Youth Group has provided textbooks and teaching aids to 1,765 Western Pwo Karen (Phalon) teachers from eight townships in the Ayeyarwaddy Region. The group’s campaign officer Sa Khwar Khwar said the group has started providing the aids since March with the aim to promote Western Pwo Karen literature, which has become weakened. “The literature…

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