Marga is an inspiring story of local community leaders banding together to address common needs that are not being met by government agencies or other groups. In the six years of their existence, they have established thriving programs to help local folks with blood donations, ambulance services, funeral services, disaster response and relief programs, and – near and dear to my heart – education for those most in need.
That was the focus of my visit. Education. Here in this one facility they educate 64 high school students (35 girls and 29 boys). All of them are Grade 11 (the final year of Myanmar high school) repeats because they failed to pass their national exams. (The Myanmar education system with its lamentable lack of critical thinking in its countrywide curriculum, with it’s very high fail rates, is another subject for another report.)