67 undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and 18 Singaporean youth volunteers with varying degrees of hearing loss, took part in a project to refurbish a school in Yangon, Myanmar.
The community service project under NTU’s Overseas Exposure Programme saw the students and volunteers building a courtyard, drains and a walkway for the A Linn Yaung Nunnery Education School.
The students are from three NTU clubs - the Computer Science & Engineering Club, the Material Science & Engineering Club and the Welfare Services Club, while some of the volunteers are youths who are being mentored by the Welfare Services Club.
The A Linn Yaung Nunnery Education School provides free education for about 170 children from needy families in the Dagon Seikkan area. It receives partial funding from the government and raises the balance through public donations.
The project which spanned about one month has helped to provide better facilities for the school children to study and play in. The students and volunteers went in different batches to work on improving the school facilities.
The handover ceremony of the project took place on 12 June in Yangon, witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, H.E. Mr Robert Chua, Ambassador of Singapore to Myanmar, Village Chief Mr Tin Maung Win and School Head Sayarkyee Maydar Theingi.
Mr Robert Chua said, “I am glad to learn that since 2012, 277 NTU students have participated in community service projects in Myanmar, and that the NTU Singapore Rotaract Club has been coming regularly to Myanmar over the past six years for community service. In recent years, more Singaporeans are coming to Myanmar for community projects in many areas, including healthcare, education, water and sanitation. This reflects the close Singapore-Myanmar people-to-people ties and will forge lasting friendships.”
“With a concrete courtyard, activities could be held for the students even in rainy season,” said School Head Sayarkyee Maydar Theingi. “The school can now hold morning assemblies before starting lesson each day. The students and teachers are also glad to have the drain as it helps with flooding problems and prevents mosquito breeding.”
Yeong Jin Zhi, 24, a student leader from the NTU Computer Science & Engineering Club, said, “Through our overseas community service projects, we hope to broaden our horizons while acquiring valuable life skills and a better understanding of the culture and way of life in other countries. Apart from doing something worthwhile for those in need, such opportunities also create lasting memories and friendships with people from all walks of life.”
NTU student community service projects in Myanmar and beyond
Since 2012, almost 300 NTU students have been involved in various community projects in Myanmar, such as teaching children English and hygiene, as well as bringing children to places of interest so that they can learn about their heritage.
A team of 22 students from the NTU Rotaract Club is currently in Yangon working on a 2-week long community service project.
The NTU students are teaching interactive English to students of the Witharkar Nunnery Teaching School.
This is the 6th year that the NTU Rotaract Club is helping to raise literacy standards of students from the school since their first project in 2012.
Close to 5,000 NTU students have taken part in various community service projects under its Overseas Exposure Programme since 2010.
It has taken them to more than 10 countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, and Nepal.
NTU students have contributed in many ways, from laying pipes and constructing water tanks to deliver fresh water to remote villages and building school facilities and community halls, to teaching English and Math to school children.
Ang Hui Min
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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