PALM learning Centre

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  In May 2015, we opened our first Learning Centre in Hlegu to act as a bridge between our non-formal education classes, and continuing education at more formal institutions.  Here we run various courses attuned to the specific needs of our older NFE students - including Sewing and Tailoring, Conversational English, and a booster class for those hoping to enrol in other educational institutions. 


  The Learning Centre also provides accommodation for up to thirty of our students who are studying in Yangon, but whose homes are in remote areas.  There is a nightly homework class, study guidance, and counselling available to help these young people make the very best of their study.  Daw Thein Thein Htay, the Learning Centre Principal writes:

Our children come from families which are so poor that they rely on the earnings of their children.  They have to organize attendance at class around their work and as a result are often in a rush.   We, teachers, try to educate their parents to understand the value of education and encourage them to send the children to the class regularly.


Our reward is to see our children’s behaviour change positively. Their social development improves as they become more self-confident. I hope they can contribute to society by developing their lives in future.

  There are various income generating projects at the Learning Centre - soap-making, manufacture of ice-lollies, preparation of tomato jam, sewing etc - and we encourage families to get involved.


  There are daily NFE classes too, and our school bus ferries out-of-school children, many from remote hamlets, to and from the Centre each day. 

Sewing and tailoring class at the Learning Centre

Daw Thein Thein Htay, Principal

Students making liquid soap, an Income-generating activity we teach at the Learning Centre

The school bus run for NFE students

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