Hla Hla Win took me on a long walk across NASA’s Mountain View campus on a blustery afternoon last week. VIA has been connected to Hla Hla through our work at the Pre-collegiate Program (PCP) In Yangon, Myanmar. VIA has been sending teachers since 2006 to this groundbreaking program whose mission is to, “create a society of educated innovators, leaders, and change-makers who solve important challenges in Myanmar and beyond.”
After Hla Hla finished at PCP she did her undergraduate work in the US and then returned to Myanmar to work for a number of schools and NGOs. Fresh off of another degree in the US, this time at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she’s diving straight into the next big challenge.
Hla Hla is the co-founder of Teachers’ Learning Lab which aims to use virtual reality as a tool to train teachers across the world on best practices. In particular, she aims to help teachers make their classrooms more student-centered and supportive of critical thinking. Her organization is a part of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program which aims to develop programs and organizations which will impact a billion people within 10 years.