Community School in Remote Northern Myanmar

  • US$678.00
    raised of $3,000.00 goal goal
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I'm helping a friend raise funds for a community school to educate children in his community in rural, northern Myanmar during these difficult times of coup, civil disobedience movement and COVID-19. Here's his description of the project:

I am raising $3,000 to support a community school in northern Myanmar for children who are not able to attend school because of the military coup, and who cannot learn online because there is very limited internet connection in this very remote and isolated area. Parents and local communities are in desperation and they urgently need a community education center where they can send their children. Building a community school will really help them relief from the pressure.


My township is in the farthest and the most isolated, northernmost region of Burma. This is the region where highest the snow-covered mountains of Burma, a part of Himalaya ranges, lies. Due to isolation and a lack of road access, the villagers in the mountains are living in very poor conditions.

Since the military coup in February 2021, the communities here are also suffering human rights violations and many economic and social hardships, like other regions of Burma. There are many civil servants in Nogmung who have participated in Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) against the military coup.

Parents all across in Burma chose to not to send their children to government schools, which opened on June 1st, in support of CDM and to avoid giving legitimacy to the military regime. At the same time, a lot of parents who belong to indigenous ethnic minorities in my area have also chosen to keep their children out of government schools.

A lack of education services and infrastructures is one of the most pressing issues for indigenous communities in this township for many years. The communities have no options but to send their children to poorly-funded government schools, where there are not enough teachers. Unlike many other areas of Burma, there are no religious or other non-government schools.

Until today, about 40 -50 % of students are enrolled in government school which was opened on June 1. The majority of children chose to stay out of school. In our estimation, at least 1,000 children of 400 families (not including small villages in the mountains) did not enroll or attend the government school. And the region’s isolation has led students and people of this area become one of the most disadvantaged ethnic minority group in Burma. The students from extreme isolated villages in the northern mountains, including Tibetans and other minorities, also do not come to school this year.


In other regions of Burma, the students can access to education using online platforms. But the children here, where there is no internet, couldn’t access to online studies or any other education services.

Parents, including who have joined the CDM movements, who have chosen not to send their children to government schools to protest against the military coup, are in great pressure for their children’s education and development. There are no private or community based education initiatives as well as there are no internet communication services. Hence, they couldn’t send their children to any private or education services or access to online based education services. So, many children are going to lose another year of education (after schools were closed for due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

In order to address this pressing community issue, we want to build a community school for children and the community. We want to build an actual community school building and supply it with teaching kits. The community school building might cost around 2,000 USD (current exchange rate 1700 kyats a dollar = 3,400,000 Myanmar kyats), which will be a school building with timber floor, bamboo wall and zinc roof, which could accommodate 25 people at a time. The teaching kits, and some furnitures and transportations might cost 1,000 USD (1,700,000 Myanmar Kyats). Thus, the community school building will cost 3,000 USD (5,100,000 Myanmar Kyat) in total.

The community school will gather students who chose not to attend government schools and teach them and provide them with opportunities to learn. Volunteers will teach students in the community school. The curriculums will be based on government’s school’s textbooks which was developed during NLD government and other subjects which are really important for the communities such as environmental studies, local history and indigenous cultures and knowledge.

Parents and local communities are in desparation and they urgently need a community education center where they can send their children. Building a community school will really help them relief from the pressure.


Organizer

  • Aileen Thomson
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Donors

  • Michael Klarman
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2021
$500.00
  • Jen Domino
  • Donated on Jul 01, 2021
  • Much love from the Philippines, we support you!

$100.00
  • Ruben Carranza
  • Donated on Jun 28, 2021
  • I hope my other co-workers and friends working on transitional justice and human rights in Myanmar can help. Solidarity and advocacy should go together.

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5 donors
  • Michael Klarman
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2021
$500.00
  • Jen Domino
  • Donated on Jul 01, 2021
  • Much love from the Philippines, we support you!

$100.00
  • Ruben Carranza
  • Donated on Jun 28, 2021
  • I hope my other co-workers and friends working on transitional justice and human rights in Myanmar can help. Solidarity and advocacy should go together.

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  • Maggi Quadrini
  • Donated on Jun 21, 2021
$10.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 19, 2021
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Jen Domino
US$678.00
raised of $3,000.00 goal
22% Funded
5 Donors

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities