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Old Schools Reborn - No. 4 Ahlone High School

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No. 4 Ahlone High School
No. 4 Ahlone High School is one of the oldest schools in Myanmar. It was founded in 1864 by a British church in the Western District of Yangon. The school, with its solid brick buildings, has stood the test of the elements for nearly one and a half centuries. It survived the onslaught of Nargis too, but roof tiles were ripped off and floors and beams were cracked. Of the 59 classrooms in the school, 22 were rendered unusable, forcing the 2,300 students to attend school only half days.

Architect Huang Mu-jin (黃木錦) pointed out, “Buildings here are more Victorian than anything else, but with local adaptations.” For this campus, the British modified traditional Victorian architecture for the hot, humid, rainy weather typical of this tropical nation: The eaves are extra long, the roofs are steeper, and the outside hallways are more spacious for better ventilation.

In these buildings and on the surrounding fields, students study, play sports, and grow intellectually and physically. The learning environment is excellent. It is perhaps not surprising that 70 percent of the graduates here earn admission to national colleges or even the prestigious Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Along with such outstanding academic achievements is an equally impressive list of medals that students have won in athletic competitions. A big trophy that stands proudly in the principal’s office was won by the school’s cricket team at a national championship.

Model schools
These five schools will return to normalcy in short order as the reconstruction or repairs are completed. Tzu Chi wants to help them become or continue to be model schools that cultivate talents for society.

This undertaking to rebuild schools, which Tzu Chi calls Project Hope, follows the distributions of rice, rice seeds, and fertilizer that the foundation made soon after the cyclone hit. Through this project, Tzu Chi volunteers hope to inspire students to do good and help others who are in need.

Translated by By Ye Zi-hao
Photos by Yan Lin-zhao
Source: Tzu Chi Quarterly Spring 2009


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