NAR LA*, 9

UWS NAM LWE SCHOOL, EASTERN MYANMAR

Nar La attends our Grade 1 class in Nam Lwe village. She is a member of the Palaung tribe, one of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Myanmar, and speaks an indigenous language.

Despite being 9 years old, this is her first year at school as previously there was no school within walking distance. She has two sisters and says that her favourite person in the world is her mum because she is kind to her. She enjoys school and is incredibly motivated to learn as much as she can. She especially likes Maths because she likes how it makes her think! When she grows up she wants to be a teacher in her village to give others the chance to learn like her.

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Who are the Palaung people?

The Palaung people are one of the oldest indigenous hill tribes in Myanmar. They are native to the Shan and Kachin States. They speak their own language that exists only in oral form and consists of several dialects. This language is only spoken by a handful of small communities in the world. The Palaung people traditionally have practised a mixture of Buddhism and Animism, a religious belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual life. Historically they are one of the most marginalised and poorest groups in Myanmar. 

Learn more about the communities UWS supports 

United World Schools is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children living in remote and marginalised communities. We believe that every child has the right to go to school, regardless of race, religion, gender or ability.”
Susanna Worth, Partnerships and Communications Associate

*Name changed to protect identity