Myanmar
Can The Lady succeed? 
 For years Myanmar, or Burma as the country was previously known, has languished in relative obscurity. But all that is now changing. On the 8th November 2015 Aung San Suu Kyi led the National League for Democracy to a landslide victory after 50 years of military rule.
 
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Yangon is the largest city in Myanamar, but the majority of the 51 million population live in villages. Life is simple, with many houses still not having running water or electricity.
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Because of lack of economic growth, and isolation from the modern world for so many years, methods of production are traditional and conditions in the workshops are primative.
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Over eighty per cent of the population are Buddhists, and most will regularly visit the temple to pray and offer gifts.

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Education is a prioroty for the new government. Although children receive free education up to about 9 years old, many families cannot afford the cost of uniforms and travel for further education. ​​In many villages the schools are closely linked with the monastery, and the pupils are taught by the monks.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
 
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