The Buddhist monastic school system in Burma is an old educational system with a very long history, dated back to 11th Century King Anawrahta period. The schools provided important educational needs throughout Burma's history and they were the only source of education for all sort of lives range from royal princes to unskilled workers. The Buddhist monastic schools helped to give Burma a rate of literacy considerably above those of other Far Eastern countries in early 1900s. In 1931, 56 per cent of the males over the age of five and 16.5 per cent of the females were literate – approximately four times as high as those reported for India at the same time.
Nowadays, the monastic schools assist in providing basic educational needs of the country especially for children from needy families and orphans - filling the significant gap within the education system. The primary school children of Burma attend the Buddhist monasteries to acquire literacy and numeracy skills as well as knowledge of the Lord Buddha’s teachings. Thus, the schools provide not only curriculum education but also ethics and moral foundation for the kids. Their role as principal educational providers may have ceased for many years but their contribution is still significant in the 21st century Burma. Supplementing the government elementary schools, they provide underprivileged... Read More