Maung Zaw is a Burmese democracy activist who fought against Myanmar’s military dictatorship. He took refuge in Korea in 1994 and witnessed first-hand the lives of immigrant workers and civic movements in the Korean society. Having recognized the importance of citizens’ actions and education, he started to stage a campaign to promote educational support for children and the youth in Myanmar from 2003. Since he established “Thabyae” in 2010, he has been striving to expand access to education for Myanmarese students.
In addition, he has been implementing projects to translate and publish children’s books for the young people in his country as well as various educational exchange programs in connection with other countries. His efforts have had a great influence on strengthening Myanmar’s capabilities, drawing the support and heightening the awareness of people locally and globally. Such efforts have also been promoting changes in the Burmese society.
Aside from this, the Peace Radio Campaign that he led to let his people know about the progresses of Myanmar’s democratic movement is remembered as a significant case that connected advocacy with fund-raising.