The library is her favourite place to spend her free time. There, she and her friends share stories and read as many books as they can.
Yadanar’s teacher Aye has always been passionate about making sure children like Yadanar from vulnerable families get the best education possible, however her teaching skills have been limited.
Aye says since ChildFund began training and upskilling teachers in early 2018, her knowledge has improved significantly. She has learnt how to implement lessons that are child-friendly, so learning is an engaging and fun experience for her students.
“I used to scold and shout at my students,” she says. “I never thought that this could be traumatic for them; I only wanted the best for them.”
With ChildFund’s help, Aye says teachers and members of the school management committee, which includes school leaders and parents, have committed to implementing new child-friendly systems and infrastructure to improve the quality of education for students.
“Classrooms have been upgraded, and the school environment has become safer,” Aye says. “These changes are just the first steps. We have to continue creating a better school environment for the children.”
Myint, a member of the school’s management committee and whose daughter and son attend the school, says since ChildFund introduced the child-friendly schools framework to teachers and parents, her children have been less stressed about their studies and exams.
She says a quality education is the best thing she can give to her children to ensure they have a brighter future.
“Life is so hard for us who didn’t complete an education,” she says. “I don’t want it to be same for my children.”
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the ANCP program.