The Taw Win Foundation donated K1.35 billion (about US$1.6 million) for the reconstruction of No 4 Basic Education High School in Yangon’s Sanchuang township.
The three-storey school building will be finished in three months to coincide with the beginning of the school season, U Ko Ko Htwe, the chairman of the foundation, said at the groundbreaking ceremony on March 9.
The ceremony was attended by the minister for Commerce U Win Myint, Yangon region chief minister U Myint Swe, Yangon region Forestry and Energy minister U Kyaw Soe, Yangon Region Education and Social minister Dr Myint Thein and officials from the ministry of Education.
“I want to talk about the establishment of the Taw Win Foundation. I was recently registered by the government. I’ve been supported to aid the education and health sector through my career, but now I’ve founded the Taw Win Foundation to particularly focus on charity work,” said U Ko Ko Htwe at the ceremony.
He said that the foundation mostly focuses on the education sector. They prioritise youth education not only by building schools, but also by developing the physical and academic educations of young students.
U Ko Ko Htwe said that schools are the best means for providing career opportunities to offer Myanmar’s youth a better future.
The Taw Win Foundation’s donation for the school’s redevelopment will comprise a building that’s 450 feet in length and 50 feet wide. It will house 22 classrooms, providing academic space for over 2000 students. Now, the school has an enrollment of about 1,000.
U Ko Ko Htwe said the foundation will also provide the school with furniture, televisions, air conditioning units, fans, computers, and other items necessary to the students’ education.
“I’ve been maintaining the school for nearly 10 years since it’s long been part of our community, and there has been little upkeep so it has become rundown. The school has become a danger zone and I’ve decided to rebuild it. Surely the project can finish soon,” said U Ko Ko Htwe.
The demolition of the old school began after school exams.
U Ko Ko Htwe has also donated K20 million (about $23,000) to Daw L Khun Yee, the leader of Manaw Ahla Orchestra Group for people who have suffered from strife in Kachin and northern Shan State.