In September 2015, RYTHM Foundation partnered with Child Dream Foundation to open a computer lab in Zin Nya Kan Baw Za (ZNKBZ) Monastic Middle School, Sagaing, Myanmar. The funding provided by both foundations supported the setup of a computer classroom by improving the insulation in one room, installing an air-conditioning unit and providing the school with 30 computers and a printer. The donation also covered the one-year course fees for four teachers to become computer trainers as well as maintenance and running costs for the first year.
Since the opening 3 years ago, the computer lab now caters to approximately 550 students and trainees including from the surrounding communities. The 4 teachers provide fundamental lessons under the Microsoft package (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.), as well as other professional computer skills to pupils from 5th to 9th grades at the Monastic school.
Equipped with Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), all computers are in good condition despite interruptions in electricity supply within the area. Responding to the good response from students, the school sees the need for extending the computer classes to be available during the summer holidays as well.
Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran, Chairperson of RYTHM Foundation said, “By establishing a computer class in the monastic school we enabled students to acquire a vital professional skill which would undoubtedly increase their future chances in the workplace. Furthermore, the computer lab allows the school the ability to manage their data electronically and students also benefit from an improved learning environment”.
ZNKBZ was first established in 1999 and plays a fundamental role in providing basic education to the children of the community as well as to many children from the Northern part of the Sagaing division. Currently 511 students (245 boys and 266 girls) are taught by 24 staff from Grade 1 to Grade 11.