Feb 17, 2021

Committed to our mission in Myanmar

As you may have seen on the news, on the day that the new parliament of Myanmar was due to assemble for the first time, the elected leadership were detained by the army and a state of emergency was declared.

At the Tekkatho Foundation, we are hugely concerned by the unfolding political events and stand by the efforts of Myanmar teachers in their peaceful protests. We are thankful that our in-country staff are safe.  It’s not clear how our project activities will be affected in the immediate future as our focus is on remote communties far from political centres of power and right now schools are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to pursue our plans to keep our students learning long term wherever they live. We have taken steps to ensure that our funds are protected, and can be used as intended.

As an organisation, our mission remains the same. We are committed to providing access to education to some of the most remote and marginalised young people in Myanmar. And we will continue to do this no matter what political changes occur.

Our projects on GlobalGiving remain live and will be part of the matched funding Little-by-Little campaign from March 8th to 12th. During the Little-by-Little campaign, all donations up to $50 from unique donors will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

 We are particularly grateful for your continued support and partnership at this time.

If you would like more information on the Tekkatho Foundation and the work we do, please visit: www.tekkatho.foundation

Feb 17, 2021

Committed to our mission in Myanmar

As you may have seen on the news, on the day that the new parliament of Myanmar was due to assemble for the first time, the elected leadership were detained by the army and a state of emergency was declared.

At the Tekkatho Foundation, we are hugely concerned by the unfolding political events and stand by the efforts of Myanmar teachers in their peaceful protests. We are thankful that our in-country staff are safe.  It’s not clear how our project activities will be affected in the immediate future as our focus is on off-grid regions far from political centres of power and right now schools are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to pursue our plans to keep our students learning long term wherever they live. We have taken steps to ensure that our funds are protected, and can be used as intended.

As an organisation, our mission remains the same. We are committed to providing access to education to some of the most remote and marginalised young people in Myanmar. And we will continue to do this no matter what political changes occur.

Our education projects on GlobalGiving will be part of the matched funding Little-by-Little campaign from March 8th to 12th. During the Little-by-Little campaign, all donations up to $50 from unique donors will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

 We are particularly grateful for your continued support and partnership at this time.

If you have any questions about our work in Myanmar, please do get in touch with us at www.tekkatho.foundation

Oct 21, 2020

Covid-19: one school's story

New handwashing station!
New handwashing station!

The school in the project photos is Yay Kyaw Toe high school in the Ayeyarwady Delta Region of Myanmar. It is only accessible by boat - and almost impossible to reach during the rainy season!  The school has around 150 children from surrounding villages. Most students live too far away to travel to school every day and so they sleep at the school.

After the initial Covid-19 shutdowns, the school re-opened briefly in July with improved washing facilities, personal protection for students and staff. Students were taught in smaller classes over six days a week. However, in late August the Ministry of Education ordered the closure of all schools and the Yay Kyaw Toe students were sent home.  

When schools do reopen, students again be taught in smaller groups with everyone wearing their new face-coverings. Since the children sleep at the school, it will be considered as one ‘cohort’ or ‘bubble’ which will be isolated away from the main village in which the school is situated.

Before the shutdowns, teachers have been using MyLibrary, our offline digital library, to explore subjects in more depth with more student-centred approaches to learning.  Over lockdown, thanks to your support, we have added Myanmar language healthcare materials to MyLibrary help communities prevent, contain and treat Covid-19 in places with limited medical facilities. The school now plans to use MyLibrary as the point for disseminating detailed information and reliable guidance on reducing infection risks and managing local cases in the community.

If you have any questions about the eTekkatho MyLibrary project, or about our work, please do get in touch with us.  Thank you so much for your continued support! www.tekkatho.foundation

Smaller classes in the school
Smaller classes in the school
 
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