The famous writer and Anatomist, Professor Dr Maung Maung Nyo commented and asked me under my LYC picture album:
- Very nostalgic (pictures)!
- Were Luyechuns similar to Boy scouts at Boy scout Jamboree?
- Or were they similar to Communist Young Pioneers?
- Nyi Lay Ko, among many SPDC Projects, is Out Standing Student Programme (Lu Yay Chun) a Success or a Failure?
- Nyi Lay Ko, I just need a simple answer Yes or No!
My reply: Luyechun or Out Standing Student Programme was a success for the country and for the award winners. But it was a failure for the General Ne Win‘s government because they failed to BRAIN WASH most of us.
Dr Alfred: The country creates a brain drain. 2/3 of the Lu Yay Chun has already expatriated. No time to BRAIN WASH!!!
LYC Programme brought for them opportunities for gaining success for them and it benefit our country. Congratulations. A lot of Lu Yae Chuns were abroad. But at least PTK, TW and AG were not only in Myanmar and in Gov service but the leaders in the MOH and Medical Education field. U Sein Win , is also a former LYC that I know in KL. He is an Educationist, worked in RTM Radio Television Malaysia for a dozen of yr and is now in UM.
If think other way round, it is better for a country to export high income experts instead of cheap labour and maids. Expatriates also remit the FE back to the mother land in addition to tax.
Dear Ahkogyi, List of overseas Chinese and List of Non-resident Indians are impressive. Overseas Chinese and Indians abroad were migrated out for various reasons various reasons but no doubt they had contributed enormously for the progress in economy and technology of their countries of origin. I BELIEVE, hope and pray that even our children would help Myanmar or Burma later.
I BELIEVE, hope and pray that even our children, second or third generation migrants abroad could or would be able to help our motherland, Myanmar or Burma later.
I believe that it was started with the very good intention. By this selecting, competition process and awarding of bright students was aimed to be useful and beneficial for the future of the country and of course for the ruling government and BSPP party.
Mudita (Sympathetic or vicarious joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being rather than begrudging it. Wiki.) When I was in 6 th. std. Mdy newspaper published about LYC Nwe Nwe Tin. After reading her story, I admired her and wish to be like her. So studied and train myself not only academically but also for the physical fitness and general knowledge. (Nwe Nwe Tin got LYC for 4 times and married to LYC Sai Kham Leik, both became doctors and trained further as Anatomist)
Bright students had to compete at the school level, township and district level in General Knowledge, Burmese language, Maths and Physical fitness competition. General Knowledge covers the Burma/world history, geography, politics and of course also cover the BSPP and Government. Physical fitness competition was general PE, push-ups, sit-ups, Standing long jump competition , shot put and (Track Running) Sprints.
Awarding, touring to get more general knowledge, dozens of dinner parties each year, marching, propagating of BSPP doctrines. At that time, General Ne Win’s Socialist Party Central Committee members were preparing for set up of the Youth wing called Lanzin Lu Nge. We felt honoured because they were even discussing, actually explaining the concepts, structure, rules and regulations and ideologies behind those things.
Students got the destinations to yearn for and once won, got exposure to the real world. We got the chance to travel and were treated as VIPs. LYC news published in the newspapers, even on front pages, dinners given by the Divisional Commanders, Division Council Chairmen, Education & Health Minister, Minister of Information and by General Ne Win and Madam Daw Khin May Than. (I think for the first three years only and the year 1966 was the last time General Ne Win gave the Dinner. All the LYCs had the chance to shake hands with both of them.) I even suspect that they purposely went abroad for health reasons during the time LYC were around in Rangoon. Or just the coincidence only but they were not in the country at that summer times, may be they also had holidays to avoid the hot April weather. At his dinner, all the Revolutionary Council members were seated in different tables to dine together with LYCs.
Even the most intelligent (Deputy) Minister, Dr Nyi Nyi, General Tin Oo (now NLD), BSPP CECs of Education, famous journalists, writers, were with us. BSPP CEC, U Than Oo, U Kyaw San etc were there. U Than Oo even rationalized the nationalization of the schools, by saying that the mission schools were the remnants of colonialization and Christian propaganda. National Footballers to movie stars were brought in to introduced to us.
We got the lectures on various topics by university lectures, excursions to various factories, museums and other interesting places. We were treated as VIPs everywhere. Our news are published extensively in newspapers, radio (no TV at our time), LYC songs were broadcasted on radio and the Information ministry showed the LYC news movies in all the cinemas. Even they showed the news in the cinemas of Dolly Lin and my pictures raising the flag ceremony at the Kyayng Thar Pwe daw sports opening (1967) in Mandalay.
So the bright students were motivated, trained, gained better fitness, gained general knowledge, exposed to the top echelon in the various fields. And later LYSs were honoured in different ways throughout the whole year in the respective school and township.
- Outstanding Student or Lu-Ye Chun လူရည္ခၽြန္ (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- လူရည္ခၽြန္အရည္အခ်င္းစစ္ စာေမးပြဲ (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- LYCs with late U Thaung Htut and U Ba Thaw (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- My Lu Ye Chun Friend Dr. Thin Thin Lynn (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)
- Inlay Khaung Taing Luyechun Camp (now Hupin Hotel, Inlay) (drkokogyi.wordpress.com)