Myanmar High School
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, better known as Myanmar or Burma, is a country located in Southeast Asia with an area of more than 670,000 km2.
With an official population of over 53.7 million inhabitants and a GDP per capita close to 1,330 USD (World Bank, 2018), Myanmar is classified by the United Nations within the category of “least developed countries”.
Only primary education is obligatory. After a comprehensive review of the educational system at the national level, the Ministry of Education developed a National Strategic Plan for Education (2016-2021), the implementation of which pursued, among other objectives, achieving universal access to high quality compulsory education.
Despite the reforms and the increase in investment in public education (from 0.8% of GDP in 2011 to 2% of GDP in 2018), many children and young adults continue don’t have access to education The precariousness of the infrastructures and the reduced number of qualified teachers continue to constitute the main weaknesses of the educational system.
Myanmar Twante's Ngakhommasan School
It all started with a trip to Myanmar in 2016 when Ko Ye, a local guide, told us about the problems the children from Ngakhommasan, a small village in Twante,in the province of Ragún, had to continue their education. The town only had one primary education school, which had approximately 140 students enrolled. The school was organized in only six classes, made up with children from 3 to 9 years old. Currently, only 70% of children in the Ragún region continue their education after completing compulsory education (2014 census) and these figures are even lower in rural areas. In the case of Ngakhommasan, school dropout was mainly due to the fact that boys had to travel to other towns, walking long distances, until they reached the nearest secondary school.
Through Ko Ye we learned that the school could provide Secondary Education if it had an additional building. So we decided to join this beautiful initiative and start working to make this project a reality. This is the initiative that started La Fundación Oceáno Solidario.
On November 6, 2016, the fundraising for the construction of our School began through the participation of some members of the foundation’s board of directors in the New York Marathon.
The Ocean Infrastructures Management (OIM) team was also very involved from the beginning taking over the design of the School. In addition to the construction of the building itself, it was decided to include as part of the project the adaptation of the rest of the available surface to build a playground and thus involve all children through sport.
In July 2017, and thanks to the solidarity effort of many collaborators, the works began. Through a participatory construction model, we were able to work closely with the families of the village, who actively contributed their labor. To maximize the available resources, all the human and material capital used were Burmese, coordinated from Madrid with the help of Ko Ye.
In the following link you can find more details of the development and construction of the: Twante Ngakhommasan School Construction.
Four months of hard work and enormous dedication allowed the new School of Secondary Education to be built.
The school was officially inaugurated on January 6, 2018. It was a day full of celebrations, a day to remember. In the streets, people sang and danced as a reward for all the effort invested. The School of Secondary Education was a turning point for our friends, especially for their young people, before whom a world of new possibilities opened up.
To continue supporting the education of the children, at the end of 2019 we encouraged the creation of a school library, equipping it with new tables, benches and shelves. We are convinced that this space, more, will have a direct and very positive impact on their learning.
At Fundación Oceáno Solidario we always work to maximize the scope of our actions; In addition to promoting the educational development of children and young people, we seek to support, to the best of our ability, the growth of the local economy. For this reason – the purchase of materials and the hiring of labor to manufacture the furniture for the library were carried out entirely in Twante.This way, we were able to reduce the number of intermediaries so that the aid went directly to its recipients.