Maungdaw, Arakan State: The CARE Australia –an INGOs- distributed school materials – exercise books, schoolbags and rain coat to the students of Maung Nama Primary School of Maungdaw north, Arakan state, yesterday, according to Ahmed Meah (not real name),a local elder from the village. A group of CARE members went to Maung Nama Primary school and distributed school materials to the students on November 6, at about 10:00am, Meah said.
The CARE distributed 203 pieces of rain coats, 203 schoolbags and 1,105 exercise books to the students of class 1 to IV. It has 400 students in school list, said a student of class four who received school materials.
In the school, nine Rakhine teachers and three Rohingya teachers – voluntary not appointed – are led by Daw Khin Nyunt –the headmistress. The Rakhine school teachers are getting their salary from the government. The Rohingya teachers are getting only support from the host villagers after collecting money from the village, a school committee member Dhilu (not real name) said.
After the conflicts of last year 2012, the Rakhine school teachers, frequently absent from the school, so the education in the village become very bad, so manage to find some voluntary teachers from Rohingya community to teach the student to build the children future, the committee member added.
CARE Australia is a member of the CARE International confederation and an international humanitarian aid organization and working in Burma since 1995 with the aim to improve the living standards of rural communities through health intervention programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, as well as nutritional support for pregnant mothers and children; food security and livelihoods programs, comprised of support for agriculture, fisheries, and livestock; and water, sanitation and hygiene. It has two large rural development projects in Maungdaw and Buthidaung, Northern Rakhine State (NRS) which were suspended in 2012 as a result of inter-community conflict and resumed in January 2013.