Outdoor classroom by golftragic

Outdoor classroom

Aung Myae Oo Monastic Education School for disadvantaged children, Sagaing.
I think it's great for children to learn outdoors- something about the fresh air I think that's good for the mind. This shot is also proof that you don't always need the latest gadgets and gizmos to teach a good lesson. We get so caught up in that sometimes. Good shot.
March 8th, 2018  
@olivetreeann Thanks Ann. We were privileged to be able to visit this orphanage/monastery/school. We were travelling with an Australian company which strongly supports local involvement. All 60+ of we travellers had bought pens, pencils and exercise books at a previous stop to be donated when we got here. Apparently this happens every time a company ship cruises the Irrawaddy. It was an incredible experience to be able to walk around, then a whole bunch of the kids sang for us. A very moving day, and much food for thought.
March 9th, 2018  
A really interesting photo. I love how they are all huddled together.
March 9th, 2018  
@onewing Yes. I think they're supposed to be in straight lines.
March 9th, 2018  
Lovely insight :)
March 9th, 2018  
@hermann Thanks.
March 10th, 2018  
Such a strong sense of place here. So sad to think of this being their access to education.
March 10th, 2018  
@taffy By our standards you're quite right, but these kids are unlikely to get any education through the normal channels, their families just can't afford it, which is why they're here where they're housed, fed and schooled. The students here come from very poor and deprived backgrounds even by the standards of this very poor and undeveloped country. 2017/18 this school has 73 teachers (despite very poor pay), many of whom started their education here, and 2855 kids. If they weren't here they'd be either working or running round the streets. The whole scenario, people and place, made me think about the privileged lives we all take for granted, including universal access to good education.
March 10th, 2018  
@golftragic I agree that under the circumstances, this education is priceless. It's just so sad -- not just here, but in other countries I've visited -- to see the length families will go to for their child's education, and how the kids commit, when the resources are so impoverished even in the education they are getting. We have so much in contrast.
March 10th, 2018  
@taffy I completely agree, education is priceless, and the best investment that one can offer children. You're right, it was a sad place in one sense, but not in other ways. Especially with some of the teachers being alumni and role models, some of these kids have a chance to break free of the grinding poverty cycle their families exist in. We Westerners are truly very fortunate. I for one, thought long and hard about our advantages after I'd been here.
March 10th, 2018  
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