It has been 11 years since Studer Trust built its first school building in Myanmar, and word of our work has spread throughout the country. It was a great honour, during the opening of our latest school, to have a gathering of several hundred people from every sector of the local and wider community. This huge response to the occasion was a touching tribute the work Studer Trust has completed to date.
In May of 2015 we held the first Studer Trust Abbot Meeting. Abbots from all Studer Trust affiliated Monastic Schools were invited to the Teacher Training Center (TTC) for the day. All but two schools were represented at the meeting. We had two major sessions on the day; the morning session led by Tai Lynn and Le Le Thein our operations and project managers for Myanmar, and an afternoon session led by our TTC team.
During the morning session the facilitators stated the purpose and goals of Studer Trust and educated the participants regarding the founder and his vision. From there the topic moved on to how Studer Trust goes about selecting partner schools and what support is expected from the abbots. After some quick pictures lunch was served in the TTC library. Several of the TTC alumni from cohorts 1-3 came out to help serve the abbots.
In the afternoon session the TTC team gave a presentation regarding what exactly we do in the TTC. Our two TTC trainers Hnin Hnin Htwe and Hla Myo Naing then gave an overview of the Yaung Zin teacher training curriculum which is the foundation of our training course.
Before we opened the Studer Trust Teacher Training Center (TTC) we had several goals. One of our main goals was to create a network between our teachers in the hope that they could depend on each other as a resource.
Our long-time supporter, Guido Cherubini, was present at the opening of his latest school building in February 2015.
Inn Jell Monastic middle school, project #0239, is a small school with just 180 students in a rural, and impoverished part of Myanmar.
We are currently in the process of constructing a new school building at Ye Nun Chaung school. This is the third (3rd) building Studer Trust has provided within the complex. (see also project numbers, 0044 and 0178).
In July 2015, Chinese government released a draft of the forthcoming law to control the activities of foreign NGO in China. This law will be legislated earliest in Spring 2016. With the new law, we must appoint a representative in China, open a bank account in China, appoint an auditor in China. We must submit our plan to the controlling authority for our planned activities in the next 12 months, and must report to them what we have done at the end of each year.
In July 2015, we started our feasibility study of extending our work in the Philippines. Ms. Lennie Villasper (previous assistant of Mr. Peter Gautschi) is representing us and carried out the study.
There were 1.2 million out-of-school children and youth in the Philippines at the moment. 6 regions have higher proportions, namely, Soccsksargen, Davao, Central Luzon, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga and Mimaropa.