28 April 2016
Mg Mya Sein, 12, is a Grade 7 student attending a middle school in Kan Kalay village, Eain Mae Township, Ayeyarwady Region. He walks for 30 minutes each day to get from his home in Chaung Phyar village to the school.
He was born without full right fingers and toes. He said, “Sometimes, I feel numb at night and in winter. Massage helps me feel better. I come to school regularly even though my hands and legs are in pain. At that time, I apply medicine and come to the school.”
Teachers always warn them not to fight with others and play dangerously. He said, “I do not feel discriminated at school because of my friends and teachers.”
He explained his difficulties in school: “I need more stationery especially ball pens. I feel small when I borrow pens from other students. Sometimes, I use pencils if they do not lend me. However, writing with the pencil is a waste of time as I have to copy the same exercise with the pen again. I do not have enough time for other homework because of the double writing.”
“Normally, I save half of my pocket money to buy stationery. I save 50 out of 100 MMK (US$0.04) daily. Sometimes, I give my savings to my parents when they are running out of money.”
“I want to encourage other disabled students to study hard. In the future, I want to become a civil engineer.”
In collaboration with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) is supporting financial aid to KMSS Pathein in order to implement Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities project in (5) Township in Ayeyarwady Region. The project period is from June 2014 to May 2017. The project is targeted for disabled children, parents, students and teachers to receive quality basic education for all disabled students.