August 20, 2016

NGOs seek support for needy monastic school students

Yangon, 8 July — The Myanmar Child Rights Development Network is holding a donation drive on 18 July in support of students from non-formal education schools, the NGO coalition’s project director said Wednesday.
“The main aims of the donation drive are to fulfil basic needs of those students, as well as to promote public participation in philanthropic activities,” U Arkar Soe Naung told The Global New Light of Myanmar in an interview.
With contributions of cash and supplies from well-wishers, the donation drive is expected to aid around 3,500 students who cannot go to government schools, he added.
This is the second time the MCRDN has run a donation drive for such students. Last year, the network donated over K6 million, hundreds of exercise books and 250 bags of rice. The network hopes to increase its annual donations each year.
Despite increased financial support from the government this year, monastic education schools need support from donors, Sayadaw U Neminda, of Magadhi Thazi Monastic Primary School, said.
According to government figures, more than 65,000 students are attending Yangon’s 216 monastic education schools in the current academic year.
The MCRDN was formed in 2012 by 12 non-government organizations. It campaigns for children’s rights and organizes programmes aimed at helping young people achieve their potential.
The network invites both local and foreign well-wishers to pledge support and can be contacted on 09 4500 58 300, 09 73210272 and 09 5059162.  GNLM


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