Altogether 34 students from the CLASS program traveled across the country this summer to complete their service learning requirement by volunteering with community-based organizations and/or local schools. Places ranged from Kyauk Tan monastic school in Magway and Aung Myay Oo monastic school in Sagaing to Aindu village in Karen State and Wa-Boe Gone village in Irrawaddy Region.
“The summer service learning program is unique in a sense that students not only provide their services through teaching and community works but also learn from their host communities as part of a cross-cultural exchange,” said Zin Mar Oo, Director of Programs at Thabyay Education Foundation.
This summer Zu Zin Ei San (a term two student from Mawlamyaing, Mon State) and Kaung Khant (a term one student from Mandalay) were posted at Aung Theidi Monastic School in Pago Region. They taught Basic English to kids from grade one to four. Kaung Kant is a skilled musician and taught the kids English through songs and playing guitar. While Zu Zin Ei San is a Mon Buddhist, Kaung Khant is a Burmese Christian and in an example of cross cultural learning, Zu Zin Ei San coached Kaung Khant in how to address Buddhist monks as he was unfamiliar with Buddhist culture.