It might not look like much, but it matters – 1st lesson ever at UWS Hansea School, Shan State Myanmar, March 2015.
How it started. Notes from Hansea visit (Nov 14, 2013)
Hansea is a three hour journey from Phekhong. The village is of the Kayan La- Htach tribe and comprises of 90 households and a population of 600 plus. Hansea is made up of three different village sections all of which would be supported by the school.
In existence is a long wooden school building with no sections or classrooms. All four primary grades are taught there by two government teachers. The facilities are extremely basic with a few benches on view. There were no teaching aids, books or resources. Some parts of the wooden structure need to be replaced.
At an excellent communicative village meeting the popular vote by far was to renovate the wooden school at a minimum cost and to build three more brick classrooms to allow for post primary education to 7th grade. The villagers held the view that the children needed the opportunity to continue their education past grade 4. The State authorities should be approached to provide the extra teachers.
The UWS policy is to provide education to the age of 11 or 12 years or grade 6. Such a request is therefore possible within the current UWS model.
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