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Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative Welcomes First Class of Young Leaders from Burma
Today, the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center welcomed 18 emerging leaders from Burma as the inaugural Liberty and Leadership Forum class.
The Liberty and Leadership Forum is a new educational program, within the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom portfolio, designed to help prepare democracy advocates from transitional societies to be leaders under new conditions of freedom. It equips young men and women with the knowledge and skills they need to lead in countries where transitions to democracy are occurring. The program uses a curriculum focused on the principles of liberal democracy and economic freedom, lessons from other democratic transitions, and practical leadership skills.
While on a path toward democracy, Burma’s destination is not yet guaranteed. One key to success is ensuring that today’s young democracy advocates in Burma are prepared to be tomorrow’s political and civil society leaders. The inaugural class of young leaders includes men and women active in education, health, politics, human rights, journalism, and other fields. Many spent formative years as political prisoners in Burma.
The Liberty and Leadership program begins with a three-week summer seminar in the United States, including coursework at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, and a four-day experience tour of Washington, D.C. Through a combination of an intensive year-long curriculum, hands-on skill development, and practical application, the men and women of the 2014 Liberty and Leadership class will be equipped to help support democratic change in their home country.
People of Courage
Bush Institute's Jieun Pyun reflects on module two of the Liberty and Leadership program and discusses how the scholars are improving living conditions for people in Burma.
South Dallas’s Bonton Farms Hosts Liberty and Leadership scholars and Mrs. Laura Bush
The Bush Institute’s 23 Liberty and Leadership scholars from Burma are spending three weeks in the United States for Module 2 programming.
Witnessing Burma's Transition Through Its People
Learn how the Liberty and Leadership Scholars, together with others in Burma, are forging a path to democracy and peace, bringing diverse communities together through mutual understanding and respect.
Bush Institute Leaders Are Contributing to Burma's Democratic Transition
Since the launch of the Liberty and Leadership Program, the Bush Institute has engaged 79 men and women from Burma, including former political prisoners, civil society activists, members of parliament, journalists, educators, health practitioners, and other emerging leaders.