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In Myanmar children who do not have a birth certificate, because they were not born in a hospital, are not permitted to attend a government school unless they can read and write. OzBurma funds preschool for children to prepare them to read and write so that they can gain access to the government school.
There is no public funding for Kindergartens and many families are unable to meet this cost, especially in the poor and slum areas. OzBurma believes that education is essential for all children if they are to become independent in life and has funded the setup and ongoing operations of 9 kindergartens involving in excess of 450 children.
See below for some of the kindergartens supported...
Sunshine Kindergarten No. 1, Dala
Sunshine Kindergarten 1 began in 2008. It began with 8 students and now has 83 students. Lunpi and her team of 7 teachers do a wonderful job. OzBurma has provided funds for the toilets, a new floor and outdoor shelter. The OzBurma team has visited each year providing teaching aids and equipment and run Teacher Training Seminars for all 3 kinders.
Sunshine Kindergarten No. 2, Dala
Sunshine No. 2 began in 2012 and has 45 students and 4 teachers.
The kindergarten fees are 20,000 kyat ($13.30 US) per month with many children being given full and half scholarships, depending on their financial situation.
Sunshine Kindergarten 3 Yuzana
The Yuzana district is about one hour north west of Yangon and is very poor by Myanmar standards and the former building has been condemned. This small kindergarten of 10 children has been in operation for 8 years but has been recently relocated to the Elim Community centre. OzBurma has provided mattresses, pillows, blankets, a cooktop stove, pots & pans, a refrigerator, school supplies, pump & plumbing.
Hlaingtharya is a poor area of approximately 1,000,000 population and has a high crime rate.
The daughter of the couple who operate Hope Children’s Home, had a vision in 2010 of starting a kindergarten. She resorted to selling many possessions to the pawn shop, including her wedding ring, in order to fund this. In 2018 the kindergarten opened with 2 children and 2 teachers. 9 months later it had grown to 16 students and 3 teachers. They run English classes, after school tutoring, computer training and business studies. In the future the building will be used as a medical clinic.
OzBurma funds a significant portion of the annual rent and some educational supplies.
"Grace of God Kindergartens" located in the Schwepyitha district, approximately 2 hours north west of Yangon was established 17 years ago. The Kindergarten teachers Sarah and Mary run the two kindergartens with the help of 4 other teachers. They look after 40 plus students.
In 2019 Oz Burma provided them with money for 2 toilets and some tables and chairs and a building extension.
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