A week-long study visit to Poland by eight young social activists from Myanmar (Burma) linked to the National League for Democracy (NLD) has begun on 12 December 2011. It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Poland took the initiative to organize the visit on the request of the NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi who had proposed it at the meeting with Undersecretary of State Krzysztof Stanowski during his visit to Myanmar in September 2011. Poland is perceived as a country whose achievements in introducing democratic transformations and activating public life are worth following.
The main purpose of the visit is to acquaint the guests with the Polish experience of a political transition of power and the building of civil democracy as well as with the role of the media and public opinion in a democratic state. While in Poland, the Myanmar activists will attend trainings and meetings in the institutions engaged in developing the Polish democracy, supporting democratic transformations in the world, propagating human and civil rights and civil education. They will also travel to a thriving near-Warsaw town of Czosnów and visit its schools.
The study visit by the Myanmar activists is an expression of Poland's solidarity with the countries and societies with democratic aspirations. Poland closely observes and supports pro-democratic transitions in the world, getting engaged in a dialogue at the social level and the shaping of active citizenship.