Primary education for children in Burma (Myanmar)
Burma (Myanmar) is one of the poorest countries in the world. It ranks fifth lowest in the world for the amount spent on education. There are many areas in the country where there are no schools. In many cases even if there is a school, the poorest citizens cannot afford to send their children.
January 2017 - May 2018
Charity information: Heal Kids Foundation
The Burmese people are desperate for education for their children but thousands of villages and townships do not have any schools. Despite pleas and applications to the government in so many cases their requests are not met. With a recent shift in the political situation there are hopes that the funding will increase but it is unlikely that there will the government will be able to provide education for all children for many years.
For eight years we have been building and running schools in remote and disadvantaged areas. To date we have established 23 schools. The majority of them primary but we have also then extended some to include secondary and high school classes.
We also help poor families who are unable to send their children to school through lack of money by funding their costs. These include uniforms, stationery, transport and school fees where this is required. The average cost is £10 per child per annum.
To build four primary schools in areas where the children have no access to education.
Activities» We already have a list of villages without schools. One of our own staff manages the construction using builders we have used before.
Once the school is built and the children are being educated, this will the evidence of our success.
They will have a better future and some parents will then be free to work.
To maintain and run the schools once they are built.
Activities» We will employ teachers and maintain the schools. The schools will be established in areas where there is a pool of at least 60 or 70 children.
Children will be educated and hopefully be able to go on to higher education.
To fund costs for children to attend school who for financial reasons would otherwise not be able.
Activities» We already fund over 600 children and at a cost of £10 per child per annum we would like to double this number.
Children who otherwise would not have been able to attend school will now be educated.
The country is extremely poor and many people live in poverty. Education is one of the main ways to make an improvement. Although it may take many years to bring the country out of its current situation we hope take a part in that change.
Having built 23 schools so far without problem we are highly experienced in dealing with potential adverse situations and risks. There are two dedicated and extremely capable staff running the charity in the country and we have every confidence in their judgement and management.
Our website is regularly updated but we are happy to prepare specific reports on projects for any donors who would like in-depth information.
Duncan Mundell, the founder of the charity makes regular visits to the country and is happy to report personally to anyone who would like further insight.
Budget - Project Cost: £48,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,500 Construction Primary school for between 50 and 100 children £7,500 Construction Primary school for between 50 and 100 children £7,500 Construction Primary school for between 50 and 100 children £7,500 Construction Primary school for between 50 and 100 children £6,000 Running costs Teachers wages, teaching aids and maintenance £6,000 Running costs Teachers wages, teaching aids and maintenance £6,000 School fees To pay for uniforms, school fees etc. for 600 children for one year
We have many villages that we know of that need schools. Over 100 of these are in the Palaung Hill tribe areas of Shan state. We currently have six schools in the area (there are up to 3 hours drive between them). Once we have funding available we will do research into the best places to build. This depends on the number of children who could attend as well as the feasibility of construction and availability of land, which we do not buy but is normally given by the village or local government.
Between 50 and 100 children attending each school will receive an education.
We have a lot of experience of construction and running schools in the country.
We are able to keep costs to a minimum by using our own project manager and utilising the villagers themselves to help with construction.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Ni Ni Win
She runs our operation in Burma and keeps a tight watch on expenses. She helps plan the schools and arranges the employment of teachers.
Maung Maung Than
He assists Ni Ni in the overall running of the charity but is in charge of construction. He will stay on site and manage the building process.