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Myanmar Project Update

Myanmar Project
During the Easter break, 22 teachers and family members from Morayfield and Pine Rivers State High Schools travelled to Myanmar to work in the English School in the village of Lintha (Ngapali Beach), Myanmar.  The purpose of our trip was to deliver teacher training and also an alternative program for students at the school. 
Teacher training was provided for the staff at the school and some trainee teachers from another village where an English School will soon be established.  The alternative program was well received by the students and the community and included lessons in CPR, Maths, Science, Art, Sport, Storytelling, Geography, Excel, Dance and Kite making.
During our stay community members and visitors from the UK who have been involved with the school for many years expressed their delight in seeing students so engaged and happy.  This is the second time we have spent time at the school and it again proved to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 
We also delivered over 400kg or aid which had been collected by staff and students through donations from our community.  The school supplies, resources, laptop computers, toiletries and clothing were gratefully accepted and will be distributed directly to students and their families.  We thank and acknowledge the following individuals/businesses/organisations for their kind donations:
Lorna Lukey                                                                The Dental Club –  Caboolture
K Mart – Morayfield                                              Lorraine Ngeru
Chemist Warehouse – Caboolture             Burpengary State School Community
Maroochydore Surf Club                                    Teena Norman
Automic Carpet Care and Pest Control    Sandra Lingard
Julie Wodson                                                             Robyn Russell
Struddy’s Morayfield                                            Sport Supply
Our vision is to set up a long-term sustainable project which will ensure children at Ngapali Beach gain better access to education, to contribute to the welfare and income-generating capacity of displaced and poor children and to support in enhancing the physical environment at the school. 
Future plans include direct links with students in the school through school based projects, training and mentoring, study tours and perhaps a student exchange.  We envisage that by maintaining links and ongoing project work, we will be able to see the impact of the project over a period of time.  We see this as an opportunity for students to improve their empathy and understanding of the lives of others, to make a positive contribution in supporting a developing nation and to gain new insights and empathy in developing a sense of social justice.