Returning to Yangon & after many meetings with the head monk, teachers , education system people,& also the headmaster of a nearby private school,I realised that if these children had at least basic computer skills & some English, they would have more chance of employment. Perhaps in Myanmar's growing hospitality industry.
Friends of mine Ed &Tanja from Bridge of Life who do amazing building works for children in need put me in touch with Shein Myint Aung a young Burmese Computer programmer who has developed a great programme to teach the basic skills to children.He agreed to train the teachers.
So now I have to find teachers, an English programme & 30 New or used laptops ,Ipads or tablets. Can you help?
In Aung Thaikdi Mahamyaing Monastery,situated in a poor village in Yangon,are little monks,children from surrounding villages unable to afford the Govt. Schooling, as well as orphans & traumatised children from the fighting in Shan State.The monastery does its best to care for & educate these children in difficult surroundings, minimal equipment,limited teaching staff & no computers or internet. Very few progress to middle or high school unless sponsored.Consequently there are undereducated,unskilled children around 11 years old leaving school & many left struggling to survive.
In the week that I spent teaching them & having lots of fun I found them so hungry to learn.They devoured everything I had bought with me & wanted more! Some are particularly smart. It breaks my heart to think that they can end up on the streets, into drugs or prostitution as they don't have the skills that enable them to be employed & support themselves.