Tin Ma Ma Htet (Tess)
Tin Ma Ma Htet (Tess) is a teacher, a leader and, most importantly, a storyteller. She has been working to improve standards of education in her home country of Myanmar using unique methods. Raised in a poor family and having experienced discrimination from a young age, Tess became a teacher and later co-founded a youth group ‘Myanmar Storytellers’ – which participated in storytelling festivals in Thailand to share Myanmar’s traditional folktales relating to peace, diversity and tolerance. In 2015, she was invited by former US President Bill Clinton to be on the opening panel at The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, to raise awareness of the importance of storytelling in the peace building process. She completed a Master of Teaching (Primary) at ACU in 2016, and returned to Myanmar to focus on teaching, interfaith issues and storytelling.
About this award
Recognises and honours the outstanding achievements of an international Alumni who has realised distinction in their chosen professional field or within their own international community.
Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.
Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:
- International graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award
- Demonstrated significant contribution to the international community and a focus on innovation and leadership