Myanmar - Rohingya School
The Satkya village is home to the Rohingya Muslim people in Rakhine, the poorest state in Myanmar. The Rohingya villagers are confined by the government to a 2 mile radius and are unable to travel out of their village for school. Dry Creek has partnered with these villagers to help complete their high school. The Rohingya people have donated 100% of the labor. The building will hold 150 students, grades 8–10. The building is also used for village conferences, emergency shelter (flooding is common in this region year round.) Students from Minbya and Myauk-U townships (28 villages, approximately 20 square miles) will attend this school. Currently, this site has an elementary school, grades 5–10, with 570 students and 12 teachers. Of these teachers, three are hired by the government and must be Buddhist and receive salaries from Plan International Myanmar. The other teachers are Rohingya Muslim and volunteer their time. All of the 9 volunteer teachers have passed the Matriculation Exam or have received Bachelors Degrees.
To learn more about the Rohingya people, often said to be the world's most persecuted minority, check out this Al Jazeera report: