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Sustainable Schools Sustainable Schools

Children affected by war deserve the chance to go to school. You can help us secure the future of schooling for 900 children in Myanmar by funding a sustainable school.

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For children in eastern Myanmar, a free and full life begins with a full education.

In villages where war and poverty have meant no education system exists to help run local schools, the opportunity for children to receive a full education is no guarantee. But together with your help, we’re empowering communities to start businesses that generate profit solely to keep the doors of local schools open for the future and ensure all children have the chance to receive a full education.

Why are sustainable schools needed?

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24million

That’s the number of children living in conflict zones globally who aren’t in school.

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4.1years

The average number of years that children living in Myanmar will attend school.

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11thof 11

The rank of Myanmar’s education system against its Southeast Asian neighbors, making it the worst.

The Sustainable Schools Process

How it works.

After meeting with community leaders in villages where local schools are struggling, a plan for a sustainable business is developed and start-up capital provided. Partners continues to monitor each project and provide assistance where needed, but communities are empowered to take the lead in managing their business. Profit generated is then used for needs such as providing salary for teachers or building classrooms.

And we know it works.

Since 2012, supporters around the world have invested in a total of 28 sustainable businesses which are already turning over a profit and investing in education in their local community!

One of the schools benefiting from a community-owned sustainable business. One of the schools benefiting from a community-owned sustainable business. One of the schools benefiting from a community-owned sustainable business.

Nang Sarm Kham.A success story.

Nang Sarm Kham is from Bar Mint, a small village of 180 people in Shan State, Myanmar. While the village has a primary school, it doesn’t go beyond grade 5. This has meant Nang Sarm Kham’s family has had to send her to live in a city two hours away to complete high school, something that her family cannot afford.

In 2013 Partners staff met with the leaders of her village and helped them form a committee, which set up a small business giving loans to people in the community at low interest rates. Partners provided startup capital in the first year the project made $340 profit. The committee decided that the best way to use these funds was to provide a scholarship to Nang Sarm Khang so that she could attend grade 9. The rest of the profit went to support two Shan language teachers. While her family still has to contribute to her schooling, it meant it was now possible for her to continue her education.

For Nang Sarm Kham this has made a world of difference. Without the support generated from the community business she would have had to drop out of school to work with her parents and never get the opportunity to further her education and give herself options for the future.

Photo of Nang Sarm Kham