Yangon, MYANMAR - Preschool Teacher
Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in September 2017
Kyinue is a preschool teacher in Rangoo, Myanmar. Aged 30, she decided to create her own school. Her education methods are on human and understanding of others. The school fees are voluntary very low to allow children in precarious situations to access her school.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to become someone who is actively participating in the education of the children of my country.
With whom would you like to have a coffee?
With elderly people. I am very interested in their stories. I would like to learn from their experiences.
If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?
I would teach kids how to understand their hearts and our mother, the Earth.
For you, what is the main characteristic that all human beings have in common?
We all have a big heart, capable of empathy.
According to you, who's the happiest person on earth?
Enlighten people. From a Buddhist point of view, we believe that people are suffering. They can be rich physically or materialistically, and still they suffer psychologically. They get upset and are not always happy about the way they live. We estimate that medication can enable us to wash these impurities and sufferings away. This is the reason why we think enlighten people, those who do not suffer mentally anymore, are the happiest. I share this point of view.
If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?
It would be something around education and global warming. I would do public campaigns on the necessity to protect our nature or on the importance of recycling for instance.
What do you need?
To have peace of mind. I do not need anything. I simply want to be a good person, who can meditate every day for the rest of my life. It makes me really happy and this is the only thing that I need.
What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars right now?
I would travel the world and give a part to contribute to education in my country. I would also give some to my mother and the rest of my family.
Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?
Something that enables trees to grow faster.
What's the piece of news that affects you the most in your country, and what do you think about it?
The conflict between Buddhist and Muslims. We don’t want it. I believe in the concept of world citizens and the fact that we are part of one big family. This affects me to see such a conflicting situation.
If you had to create a company, what would it be?
Travels and tours, because I love to travel.
Can you draw something beautiful ?
What do you fear?
Life in general. I fear that I cannot meditate anymore and that I cannot become a good person.
What's your dream?
When I will be older, I dream to live in a village, cultivating and planting trees, reading, continuing to educate children and be in a natural and healthy environment. This is my big dream.
Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?
Children are playing and all are walking in a park, a really beautiful park.
What's the most beautiful thing that you've seen in your life?
Everyday I participate in children education without gaining any profit.
If you had to write a book talking about the world today, what would be the title?
What does religion mean to you?
Religion is only a fear. It is only a name. We can choose our own path. Religion in itself is good, but we don’t have to be scared about it. We do not have to follow the rules written such a long time ago. We are intelligent to know what is good and what is not. Being religious is not only praying and follow naively rules, everyone should be capable of thinking on its own.
Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the most proud of?
Bagan (An ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar)
If you could do any job, regardless of money, what would it be?
I am happy to participate in the education of children of my country. And I prefer to work with young children.
Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?
Life is though, we always have to fight. Regarding myself, I take a lot of risk and I am happy like this. Life continues and life goes on. This was the same thing for my parents. My mother is a single parent and for these reason it has always been a fight for her. The only difference is that she had 3 children and I have none.
If you had to describe our planet to someone coming from another planet, what would you say?
I would watch him to see how he looks like and then I would ask to take a picture with him to put it on Instagram.
And you, which question would you like to ask to the world?
How can we save penguins?