Today a whole new nation is being built in Burma — politically, socially, and economically. Part of the task is physical: to repair war damage and create enough industrial capacity to improve living standards and make out country self-sustaining; an even greater part is social and psychological: to educate a people long held down by colonialism in the ways of democracy and self-development. Because there is very little private capital in Burma, the major responsibility has inevitably fallen upon the Government. Its greatest efforts are now being applied to such fields as these.
EDUCATION: Free to all. Free text books for needy students. Many new schools being built in rural areas. Fivefold expansion of Rangoon University, and several branches. Mandalay College to be raised to university status. New technical and agricultural schools. State scholarships for advanced study abroad. Teacher training. Mass education program for adults. Burma Translation Society book projects.
HEALTH: Campaigns against malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, and venereal and epidemic diseases. Education for better nutrition and sanitation. New hospitals. Rural health centers. Meternity clinics. Training of public health workers and nurses.