Funds are needed to sustain schools sponsored by the National League for Democracy (NLD), said a spokesperson for the opposition party’s Education Network.
The NLD Education Network has launched more than 150 primary schools across Burma – 89 in Rangoon and 65 elsewhere – providing free education to more than 15,000 students, said coordinator Kyaw Htwe. However, he said, they now need more funding because more schools have been founded and the number of children is increasing.
“The schools were established by respected people and school committees for low-income families,” Kyaw Htwe said. “But now more and more students are dependent on this programme for their education. Of course, financial needs have also increased.”
He said there is also an urgent need for more teachers.
In Burma, the government offers a free education system for all children of primary school age; however many are unable to attend because of family hardships, perhaps living in squalid shanty towns or farmers who expect their children to help in the fields. The NLD projects are often located in areas where no government school exists; they are also flexible on school times and do not impose a school uniform on the students.
“Our schools are aimed at children who cannot attend government-run public schools,” said network member Han Thar Myint. “It is very important for them.”
The NLD Education Network announced it will host a fundraising event on 4- 5 April at Rangoon MCC Hall. Party chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to inaugurate the fundraiser which will include a lucky draw where winners receive signed Suu Kyi t-shirts.