In Myanmar, poverty is a major barrier to education. Parents must pay to send their children to both primary and secondary schools, while also paying for books and supplies. In addition, passing difficult government-issued exams can require extra tutoring that costs several dollars each month for one subject.
During a recent home visit to Ban Song Kawe village, LLC met with a woman who moved to Mae Sot so her youngest children could attend school.
“Now our last child is in 7th grade, in Myanmar we still cannot afford school, if she finishes 8th grade here it will be more comfortable and we plan to move back,” she told us.
Listen to her story here.