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June 07, 2018

Rakhine multiethnic charity school in desperate need of provisions

Students seen happy in the class.
Students seen happy in the class.

PROVISIONS are reportedly needed for students at the multiethnic Nanthataung Charity School, situated in northern Rakhine State’s Taungpyoletwai village, adjacent to the Bangladeshi border.
The school, which teaches fifth to tenth standards, is currently comprised of 482 students from Myo, Khami, Thet and Dienet (Thetkama) ethnic groups attending the current 2016-17 academic year. The students are taught by a total of 28 teachers.
However, just over half of students reportedly have access to educational materials and food provisions as the last approval for such was issued by the Ministry of Border Affairs (MoBA) for the 2012-13 academic year, during which time the school was attended by 264 students. The growing numbers in the years since has rendered 218 students in a position where they must rely on donors for assistance, says Abbot U Sarana, the school’s founder.
“Around K3 million is incurred in purchasing school materials, books and miscellaneous items. The rainy season has seen a dearth of donors. I’ve burdened myself with debts as I have to borrow money to pay for such expenses,” continued Abbot U Sarana. “I would like to kindly use this opportunity through the media to request well-wishers and donors to provide support to our school.”
An application for extra provisions for the additional 218 students was reportedly submitted to the MoBA but to no avail, the Abbot added. “I sent my son and daughter to the school as I’m no longer able to make a living as a farmer due to feelings of insecurity following the 2012 communal riots which erupted here. We’re very sad to hear that the Abbot is facing difficulties in feeding the children, but we’re not in a financial position to assist,” said U Kyaw Thein Nu of Nanthataung village.
The Nanthataung Charity School was established to provide ethnic children from remote areas with access to an education in the aftermath of community violence which struck the region in 2012.


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