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The fifth project of the Dream Catcher Foundation in Myanmar is the construction of the following primary school:

Hti Ngo Primary School, Pin Laung Township, Shan State, Myanmar

The school grounds with the zinc building and the students in it.

Hti Ngo Primary School is located in Hti Ngo Village, Pin Laung Municipality, Shan State, Myanmar. Shan State is a largely rural area. Hti Ngo village is about an hour's drive from Pinlaung.

The 100-year-old village has 250 inhabitants and is home to 96 households. The villagers depend mainly on plantations for their livelihood. There is no cell phone coverage, no healthcare or electricity, and water is supplied by a river or by collecting rainwater.

The school was established in a different location in 1985. In 1996 the municipality moved the school to its current location and in 2010 the municipality built the current school building with a UNDP grant. The school currently has 69 students (22 boys and 47 girls) aged 5 to 10 and employs five teachers.

Hti Ngo Primary School currently consists of two buildings: a temporary wood-zinc building and a concrete building. The concrete building is functional. However, the wood and zinc building is structurally unsafe and dilapidated. The wood and zinc building gets pretty hot in the dry season and noisy and muddy in the rainy season. To improve this situation, we decided to support Hti Ngo Primary School in building a concrete school with four fully furnished classrooms. The new building will replace the wood and zinc building. The new school building emphasizes the importance of education. After implementation, the school will consist of six classrooms in total.

Hti Ngo Primary School is a state registered school. The government will support them with the training of teachers and also with paying salaries, providing the curriculum and materials for teaching and learning.

Our approach is to always involve the village community in the project in order to promote personal responsibility and community development. For this project, the villagers agreed to level the ground, dig the foundation, collect rocks and water, and erect a protective fence around the new building.

For the actual construction we will work with a local contractor to coordinate all stages of construction, purchasing standard building materials locally and sourcing the furniture required. Our local team will regularly monitor construction progress to ensure our high quality standards are maintained. The municipality and the school management are responsible for the maintenance of the school after the construction work is completed.

Construction is scheduled to start in April 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2020. The project is considered to be low-risk, although the village may not be constantly accessible during the rainy season (due to poor road conditions), but is safe and stable from a political point of view.

April 2020

The village community helps with digging the ground. The material is also available

June 2020
July 2020

Construction is progressing quickly... The project is already three quarters complete.

end of August 2020

The construction is almost complete.. the painting is still missing. The new teacher's desks and chairs are also ready..

February 2021

The construction of the school is now complete. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing civil war, we can't open it yet, but the students can use it.

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