This project was launched in June 2019 and is along sought-after education initiative which provides a targeted year of education, aiming to significantly improve the Grade 10 matriculation rate and future life opportunities for up to 150 students from 30 remote villages across western Myanmar (Burma).
Children in Chin State live in a neglected & impoverished region of Myanmar & face a myriad of challenges in their attempts to seek a basic education. The education system currently excludes rural, poor, ethnic minority children due to language barriers & location, poverty, and curriculum content. These problems contribute to extremely high drop out rates and as a result, less than 5.5% of youths in Chin State will make it through school to pass their important Grade 10 exams.
The project will be led by the returning English-speaking graduates from our scholarship programme who are able to speak the local language and contextualise the curriculum for the students. They will provide nine months of full-time schooling in all subject areas to Grade 10 repeater students from low income families, including provision of key educational resources, trained tutors, and a safe place to study. Students will be provided with food and accommodation during their stay in Lailenpi.
In the first year of the project, the pass rate of students was three times higher than that achieved by the government school in Lailenpi and it matched those of the schools in rural areas such as Yangon that have much better educational provision. As a result of this first year of the project, 27 students have now matriculated and have the opportunity to pursue further education or secure formal employment, brightening their prospects for the future.