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Aid Project In Myanmar

29/04/2013
I travelled to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) over the break with a couple of teachers from Pine Rivers SHS to establish a relationship with the English School in the village of Lintha (Ngapali Beach), Myanmar. We wanted to investigate the possibility of setting up an Aid project between their school and our Education Queensland schools.
The English School was set up by the Andrew Clark Trust which is dedicated to improving the lives of children through education and free healthcare.
 
Our vision is to set up a long-term sustainable project which will ensure children at Ngapali Beach gain better access to education and to contribute to the welfare and income generating capacity of displaced and poor children.
 
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia and has some of the lowest social development indicators in the region. One quarter of its estimated 60 million people live in poverty. Despite this, Myanmar receives less aid per person than many of the other poorest countries in the world.
 
Only half of all children in Myanmar complete Primary School and the current generation of children is at risk of being the first in the country’s history to have a lower level of education than their parents.
 
I would like to thank all the staff, students and community members who made donations of stationery, sporting equipment and resources. The school and the students were VERY appreciative of the support.
 
Over the next few months, I will be discussing this project with staff and students to determine ways we can provide aid and support to the Lintha school and community. In the short term, we will be looking at donations and student contact and next year we will be looking to take a group of interested teachers and community members over to provide teacher training/mentoring and to deliver an alternative program to students.
 
Long term, we hope to directly involve our students with study tours, school based projects and cultural exchanges. I 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 compassion in developing a sense of social justice. Establishing permanent links with this school and its community will also mean that we can see the impact of the project over a period of time.
 
Janelle Amos
Principal