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Daw Tin Mar Shwe Kind hearted and valued teacher amidst disabled children

Daw Tin Mar Swe, 28, is a special education teacher in School for Disabled Children (SDC), a public centre in Yangon.  Her birth place was a village in Sagaing Division, somewhere over 400 miles north-west Myanmar.
Her parents had farms in their village, but she came to live with her aunt in Yangon when she reached 8th Grade.  She was graduated with Bachelor of History.  Her aunt had a daughter with cerebral palsy who was attending at SDC at the time she passed Grade 11.  That’s when she decided to work with disabled, and in 2002 she started working in SDC, the school attended by her little cousin. 

The work revealed to be harder than she expected. She admits that the beginning she was afraid of and uncomfortable being with some of the children. Occasionally, she was bewildered as she could not understand the children with special needs very well.
In the early years of her work experience, she was once punched by a child in her face and she still has a pale scar on her thumb bitten by a child.
“I still remember when a child punched me. I was depressed and I cried for an entire night” she said.

After a year or two, she felt the work pleasing having considered about children’s joy and improvements at school.  Her friends, neighbors and her family felt that serving children with special needs was one of the finest jobs a person could obtain.  By helping the children to get better in their lives, she felt it as a contribution, an encouragement to continue her work even when she felt distressed.

She mentioned about the short training courses in physiotherapy, special education, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation techniques organized by New Humanity in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare and other organizations from 2005 to 2008. 
She said, “I’ve attended some trainings organized by New Humanity during the past years.  These trainings gave me significant knowledge with my work for my personal improvement.  Families of children with special needs living in nearby villages of my hometown were thankful as I could give them good advices for their children’s development when I went back during vacations.”
“My crowded classroom gives me frustration and I feel weary after classes in the afternoons.  My aunt’s house is fairly distant from my work place and thus my salary merely covers my transportation expenses.  Though these facts touch my mind, I am joyful of working among children with special needs”
She had wanted to become a nurse when she was young, but now she has a strong connection to her students. 
I miss them even when I go back to my hometown on vacations” she said.

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