About 90 per cent of students in Buthidaung and Maungtaw have returned to school as security has improved in the area. Teachers are also encouraging parents to send their children back to school.
“I moved here just in August, but I am trying my best to educate students in cooperation with other teachers,” said U Aung Kyaw Zan, who was appointed headmaster of Buthidaung Basic Education High School three months ago.
There is only one high school in Buthidaung with over 2,000 students, including about 570 ethnic students.
Administrators said there have never been any conflicts in the history of the school, where students have been learning together for decades.
“They have always lived together. There is no problem,” the headmaster said.
Recent violent attacks in Maungtaw did not have much impact on Buthidaung’s education sector.
“We always consult with elders in Muslim villages, which surround the school, and prevent problems,” he said.
Muslim teachers at the school are also helping the school management team.
“There are four Muslim teachers at the school. We also told them to help teach students,” the headmaster said.
The school organized its 34th Kathina robe offering ceremony recently. Peaceful coexistence among students, administrators said, has created an environment for learning.
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