One of the major challenges for children who survived the difficult situations in Myanmar like monsoon rain, floods is the disruption to their education, due to old and dilapidated facilities, forcing them to abandon their studies. One such school, the Zabuaye Monastery School located about 60 kilometers from Yangon, is back in session and operations, thanks to QNET and RYTHM Foundation who came together to re-build this school which is enrolled by more than 100 students aged 5 to 16. The village school was officially re-opened recently by the Chairman of QNET Mr. Richard Zinkiewicz at a ceremony attended by local leaders, QNET officials and business leaders as well as parents of the children. He said he felt so much positive energy when he arrived at the school, noting that the children are very cheerful and very warm-hearted. “I want to see all of you smile. And I want you to use your smile to change the world, but no matter what happens, do not let the world change your smile. I believe a warm smile is the universal language of kindness,” said Richard to the warm smiles of every children. He added “I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I am here today because I want all of you to keep smiling and fully enjoy your newly upgraded school, with support and help from QNET and RYTHM Foundation”. To the rest of the people at the event, Mr Richard said, “every single child here has something that they are good at. Every single one of them has something to offer. But it’s our responsibility together to ensure these children have the basic rights like education to put a simple smile on their face. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.” QNET and RYTHM Foundation fixed up the classrooms at the school with support from both QNET business leaders and the Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) Rugby team. The school has been refurbished with new roof, flooring, tables, chairs and teaching aids. Also included in the works were new carpeting, new painting and repair of all defects in the school.
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