Pyaw Bwe Village
Pyaw Bwe Village Primary School
Update November 2007:
Update August 2007:
The village is situated on the Bagan-Chauk high way road - 8 miles south from Bagan. The school children are from two villages, Pyaw Bwe and Myo Hla. The distance between the two villages is only half mile. The new school site is situated between those two villages beside the road near A-Tu-La-Zi-Na-Man-Aung Pagoda and monastery. There are altogether 215 school children and the school has 1 head master and 4 teachers. Nowadays, the school children have to go to an old monastery called Ohn-Hne Monastery which is 2 miles away south to the villages where they studied in old public rest houses of the monasteries. This is the only government primary school which is housed in the monastery compound in the whole Nyaung U District. Now, the government and the head monk of the monastery asked them to move to a suitable place. The village has acquired the land for the school.
The population of Myo Hla village is 298 and that of Pyaw Bwe village is 1110. Most of the villagers are general farm workers and only 33 household have their own farms. Some young people work in Bagan. Although they are poor they tried to raise funds and bought a farm (190'x230' in size) beside the road between the two villages for the school. But they could not afford to build a school.
Usually, for other schools which are situated in their own villages, the school children go back to their home for lunch at lunch break. As the old school in the monastery is quite far away from the villages, most of the school children have to bring their own lunch box. The children who do not afford the lunch box or the ones who do not have enough time to prepare lunch box could not attend the school.
They have done a soil test for the project. According to the result of soil test the foundation being Black Cotton Soil and undergoing yearly ploughing, it is not suitable to build Brick Building as planned before. Brick Nogging building is suggested instead. All the schools of nearby villages are also Brick Nogging Buildings. The Brick Building is supposed to have cracks sometime later due to foundation sinking. Structure change from Brick Building to Brick Nogging is simple and easy. Concrete slabs will be used for flooring in place of normal cement flooring. It will prevent cracks of the flooring and the other advantage is that we can replace each broken slabs by new one without the need to repair others. As it is a long building having the size 80'x30', the Brick Nogging is more stable than brick building. Now estimate has been underway and report will follow to you when all the necessary estimation is finished. We estimate that it will cost roughly $8,000.
The government approval and government land grant for the school have been made and we are assured by the education authorities that the building could commence mid March so that the building will be finished in time for the new school year starting 1st June.
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