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Our partner UWS awarded UNESCO Literacy Prize for work in Myanmar

01 Dec, 2020
Our partner UWS awarded UNESCO Literacy Prize for work in Myanmar

Kings students and staff raised funds to build the Hark Kwe school in the Shan State of Myanmar. This is the third school we have helped United World Schools (UWS) build and run. The first two were in Cambodia. Hark Kwe was completed in January 2019 and has been running ever since. It is one of 68 community schools UWS have created in Myanmar, teaching 3,780 children across the country.

United World Schools (UWS) are a UK-based charity. They work in the remotest areas in the world to ensure every child has access to education.

We were delighted to hear that in September 2020 UWS were awarded the prestigious UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize for its work in ‘Providing Non-Burmese Speaking Out-of-School Children with Access to Education’ programme.

In Myanmar, many children from ethnic minorities have no access to school. They speak indigenous languages which are not widely understood and government schools cannot provide the linguistic support to help these children access the national curriculum. UWS recruits local teachers who speak the children's language and Burmese and ensures they can access the national curriculum and learn the skills they need to succeed.

We are very proud to be able to help UWS!