Kawt Phaung: Constructing Schools for Improved Learning Environments

 

"We have benefitted greatly. Before we couldn’t do activities in the old school building. In this new building, we can do anything. We can create more." 

 

Kawt Phaung village is located in Kawkareik Township, Kayin State. Currently, 69 students (KG-Grade 4) attend Kawt Phaung Primary School. Previously, the environment was not conducive to learning. The school building was small, they had no library or teacher’s office and during rainy season, the roof would leak. It was difficult for the students to study. 

 

Through the AEON4 project, ADRA supported the construction of a new school building and provided teaching materials. Now, children can learn freely in a wide and open space all year round. They can create and enhance their learning in a new environment. The students were also taught how to wash their hands and given soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes to use. Principal Daw Nan Thandar Soe said, “It is good for the children, they wash their hands before lunch time and after having lunch, they can clean their teeth. It is good manners for them.” 

 

 

“ADRA also provided TOT training for our teachers. It is effective for our teaching methods. I expect a lot, I want them to be educated. I want to see them back here working if we retire. Parents are also afforded more awareness on the importance of education and are being encouraged to participate in their child’s schoolwork. They are willing to be involved in school activities. They formed a school committee and undertake healthy cooking for their children,” commented Principal Daw Nan Thandar Soe.

 

Grandmother Daw Win Than commented; “My two grandchildren are currently attending this school. In the beginning, they had little space. Now the teaching rooms are great. ADRA provided new school furniture, accommodation and school equipment. Children can learn happily and freely. I would like to say thank you to all.”

 

Edited by: Emma McCrow, Communications Officer

Photo: © 2020 ADRA Myanmar | Pyae Phyo Lin

 

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