IDPs children from Kayah (Karenni State), who are in Naungtayar sub-township, Panglaung township, Southern Shan State, are receiving basic education.
According to a local, about 300 children including those who are under 15 from the three camps in Naungtayar are studying basic education.
“The main reason for providing these basic education activities to the children is to make their time pass happily. It is important to make their time worthwhile while taking the temporary refuge and to minimize the trauma and possible psychological impact to the children,” U Khun San Oo, a Naungtayar native told SHAN.
As of 19 January 2022, there are about 120 IDP children studying with five teachers.
Plans are in progress to provide teaching to the rest of the children (about 100) who are under 15 years old according to U Khun San Oo.
“We rented a big tent and used whatever we had to cover the tent and flooring. So, the shelter is fine now, and we are planning for another one. We are planning to use a place at the monastery to accommodate another over one hundred children,” U Khun San Oo added.
For the teaching schedule, there are four time slots per day, and one slot lasts about forty five minutes.
Since 6 January 2022, the fight between local People Defense Force (PDF) and Myanmar army have been intensified which led to thousands of people fleeing their homes and seeking safety in nearby townships. Since 10 January 2022, those from Loi Kaw and Phruso township have been fleeing to Nauntayar sub-township for safety.
Currently, there are about 2000 IDPs in Naungtayar sub-township who came from Kayah (Karenni State), and they are having many difficulties, inadequate drinking water is one of the pressing issues.