Sound Development of the Next Generation Education

Support for school construction in Myanmar (2013 - 2015)

Myanmar has a shortage of teachers, teaching materials, and school supplies, and many school buildings are broken down. Most schools combine grades, usually in only one classroom. In rural areas, school buildings have dirt floors, bamboo walls, and temporary thatched roofs. Few schools in these areas have running water, toilets, or other basic facilities, and the majority of children end up quitting school.
To improve the situation, the Myanmar government has made education a top priority in the national development plan. The constitution guarantees free primary education.

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Support for school construction in Myanmar (2013 - 2015)
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School Construction Support Project in 2019

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School Construction Support Project in 2019
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“Fundraising for School Construction Support in Myanmar” was conducted during the period of April 1 to May 26 at approximately 7,000 AEON Group stores and offices nationwide, and a total of 34,286,816 yen was raised. On May 26 (Sunday), during the Myanmar Festival at Zojo-ji Temple, a fund of 54,000,000 yen, including the donated sum, was presented to the Japan Committee for UNICEF and the NGO ADRA Japan. The presentation ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr. Thurain Thant Zin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Japan, who expressed his gratitude in a speech.
Under the principle that enrichment of basic education is indispensable for a peaceful society, the Foundation has so far supported the construction of 416 elementary schools in Asian nations where educational facilities are needed, since 2000. The funds donated on this occasion will, through the NGO ADRA Japan, support the construction costs of five new elementary schools, and through the Japan Committee for UNICEF, will also aid the training of teaching staff.

School Construction Support Project in 2018

School Opening Ceremony and Exchange Meeting in 2018

Children in Myanmar need to have more places to study due to the shortage of schools. AEON 1% CLUB Foundation has been supporting construction of schools in collaboration with ADRA Japan and plan to build 21 schools in three years since 2016. This school opening ceremony and the exchange meeting in Yangon District is to celebrate the completion of the third year.

School Name Sin Sa Khan 1 Primary School
Venue Yangon District(Taikkyi Township)
Date & Time Friday March 29th, 2019 11:00~13:00
Total Participants Approx. 300 (of which 52 were from Japan)
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School Construction Support Project in 2017

School Opening Ceremony and Exchange Meeting in 2017

Children in Myanmar need to have more place to study due to the shortage of schools.

AEON 1% Club Foundation has been supporting construction of schools in collaboration with ADRA Japan and government since 2016, and plan to build 20 schools in 3 years. This school opening ceremony and exchange meeting in Yangon division is to celebrate the completion of the second year.

School Name Oh Poh West Primary School
Venue Yangon Division (Twantay Township)
Date & Time March 29 (Thurs.) 10:00 - 12:00
Total Participants Approx. 300 (of which approx. 30 were from Japan)
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School Construction Support Project in 2016

School Opening Ceremony and Exchange Meeting in 2016

In Nepal, as part of our efforts to provide reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck on April 25 and May 12, 2015, we have supported the reconstruction of elementary school buildings in the suburbs of the capital Kathmandu that have become unusable, in cooperation with the Himalaya Conservation Group and specified non-profit corporation ADRA Japan.

In Myanmar, we have collaborated with ADRA Japan to begin the construction of 20 schools to be completed over the course of three years from 2016. Taking the opportunity of having recently completed the first year of construction, we have implemented school opening ceremonies and exchange meetings in both Nepal and Myanmar.

  • Map of Kathmandu city
  • Map of Yangon Region

Support for school construction in Myanmar in 2015

On October 3, 2015, ceremonies were held for the completion of three new schools in Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. To date, the project has built 8 schools in Ayeyarwady, as well as 30 schools in Hlaingthaya Region, Yangon.

Handover ceremony:

October 3, 2015, from 12:10 to 17:00

Schools:

  • ①Zalun Primary School (renamed: AEON Nguwar Primary School)
  • ②No.10 Primary School (renamed: AEON Pone Nyat Primary School)
  • ③Pa Naung Primary School (renamed: AEON Shwe Thapyay Primary School)
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Support for school construction in Myanmar (2013 - 2015)
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School Opening Ceremony
  • Children welcoming Mr. Htay Oo and Mr. Hayashi (Zalun Primary school)
    Children welcoming Mr. Htay Oo and Mr. Hayashi (Zalun Primary school)
  • Ribbon cutting (Zalun Elementary School)
    Ribbon cutting (Zalun Elementary School)
  • Greeting speech by Mr. U Htay Oo (No.10 Primary School)
    Greeting speech by Mr. U Htay Oo (No.10 Primary School)
  • Project director, Mr. Hayashi, receiving a photo of the school from the school principal (No.10 Primary School)
    Project director, Mr. Hayashi, receiving a photo of the school from the school principal (No.10 Primary School)
  • Plaque unveiling ceremony (Zalun Primary School)
    Plaque unveiling ceremony (Zalun Primary School)
  • Commemorative Tree Planting (Zalun Primary School)
    Commemorative Tree Planting (Zalun Primary School)
  • Many local residents attended the ceremony (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Many local residents attended the ceremony (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • Greeting speech by Mr. U Htay Oo (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Greeting speech by Mr. U Htay Oo (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • Director, Mr. Hayashi, giving a speech (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Director, Mr. Hayashi, giving a speech (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • Presentation of notebooks, pencils, and other stationery (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Presentation of notebooks, pencils, and other stationery (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • Project director, Mr. Hayashi, presenting a record of donations to the representative of the Ministry of Education (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Project director, Mr. Hayashi, presenting a record of donations to the representative of the Ministry of Education (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • Granting of financial assistance for the flood victims in Ayeyarwady (Pa Naung Primary School)
    Granting of financial assistance for the flood victims in Ayeyarwady (Pa Naung Primary School)
  • The old school
    The old school
  • A one-room school built directly on the ground (during rainy season, class is canceled due to flooding)
    A one-room school built directly on the ground (during rainy season, class is canceled due to flooding)
  • Children welcoming guests with big smiles
    Children welcoming guests with big smiles
  • Children studying very hard despite the unfavorable educational environment
    Children studying very hard despite the unfavorable educational environment

School Construction Support Project in Myanmar

  • AEON customers donated 21,893,260 yen, which AEON 1% Club Foundation matched, and Japan UNICEF double-matched, so the original amount was quadrupled. The schools built from the funds bring smiles to the children of Myanmar.
    AEON customers donated 21,893,260 yen, which AEON 1% Club Foundation matched, and Japan UNICEF double-matched, so the original amount was quadrupled. The schools built from the funds bring smiles to the children of Myanmar.

Presentation of the collected donations to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

  • Participants included: Athens Olympic gold medalist; London Olympic rhythmic gymnastics captain; Vocalist Ms. Yasuda, Second Secretary and Person in Charge of Education of the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Manager of Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Participants included: Athens Olympic gold medalist; London Olympic rhythmic gymnastics captain; Vocalist Ms. Yasuda, Second Secretary and Person in Charge of Education of the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Manager of Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

School Opening Ceremony in 2014

In collaboration with Japan Committee for UNICEF and Myanmar government, from 2012 to 2015, AEON 1% Club Foundation has built 30 schools in Yangon Hlaingtharya Region and 5 schools in Ayeyarwady Region.
At the School Opening Ceremonies, singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda held a mini-show and sang together with the local children and residents. Also at the event, former Japanese Olympic gymnasts held gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics lessons for the local children, and other participants from Japan taught the children traditional Japanese games.

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School Construction Support Project (in collaboration with Japan UNICEF)
School opening ceremony 28 March 2014
School name

Basic Primary School No. 37 (renamed: AEON Mahogany School)

Basic Primary School No. 42 (renamed: AEON Paduk School)

Main participants
  • ・Participants from Japan 85 people
  • ・Local children (Basic Primary School No.37) 550 people
  • ・(Basic Primary School No.42) 500 people
  • ・Local residents about 300 people
  • ・Embassy of Japan in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
School Construction Support Project (with cooperation of Myanmar government)
School opening ceremony 29 March 2014
School name

Bay Chaung Primary School (renamed: AEON Kant Kaw School)

Main participants
  • ・Participants from Japan 35 people
  • ・Local children 150 people
  • ・Local residents about 800 people
Supporters

Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Japan;
Embassy of Japan in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar;
Ministry of Education of Myanmar;
Japan Committee for UNICEF;
Myanmar UNICEF;
Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd.;
Mega Sports Co., Ltd.;
AEON MALL Co. Ltd.;
and other AEON companies in Myanmar

Primary School No.37 ( AEON Mahogany School)
  • Old school building
    Old school building
  • New school building
    New school building
  • Children queuing in line  to welcome the guests
    Children queuing in line to welcome the guests
  • Sports goods and stationery were donated to the children by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd., Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEON MALL Co. Ltd.
    Sports goods and stationery were donated to the children by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd., Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEON MALL Co. Ltd.
  • Warm welcome performance by the local children
    Warm welcome performance by the local children
  • Japanese participants singing the Myanmar New Year song in Burmese as a surprise for the local children
    Japanese participants singing the Myanmar New Year song in Burmese as a surprise for the local children
  • Local children singing a Japanese song, “Aka tonbo,” in Burmese, with Japanese singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    Local children singing a Japanese song, “Aka tonbo,” in Burmese, with Japanese singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
  • Mr. Mizutori, gold medalist in gymnastics at the Athens Olympics, teaching children how to do cartwheels
    Mr. Mizutori, gold medalist in gymnastics at the Athens Olympics, teaching children how to do cartwheels
  • Myanmar children playing with ribbons, with former Olympic gymast Ms. Tanaka
    Myanmar children playing with ribbons, with former Olympic gymast Ms. Tanaka
  • A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child
    A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child
Primary School No. 42 ( AEON Paduk School)
  • Children queuing in line  to welcome the guests
    Children queuing in line to welcome the guests
  • Presenting of sports goods and stationery to the children; donated by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd.,  Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEON MALL Co. Ltd.
    Presenting of sports goods and stationery to the children; donated by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd., Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEON MALL Co. Ltd.
  • Local children singing a Japanese song, “Furusato,” with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    Local children singing a Japanese song, “Furusato,” with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
  • All children singing in chorus the song "If You're Happy and You Know It."
    All children singing in chorus the song "If You're Happy and You Know It."
  • Myanmar children playing with hula-hoops.
    Myanmar children playing with hula-hoops.
  • Myanmar children playing with ribbons, together with Japanese gymnastic athletes
    Myanmar children playing with ribbons, together with Japanese gymnastic athletes
  • A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child
    A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child
  • Children showing a Myanmar dance to Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    Children showing a Myanmar dance to Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
BAY CHAUNG Primary School (AEON Kant Kaw School)
  • Old school building
    Old school building
  • New school building
    New school building
  • Warm welcome by the whole village
    Warm welcome by the whole village
  • Ribbon cutting
    Ribbon cutting
  • School nameplate opening
    School nameplate opening
  • Presenting of sports goods and stationery to the children; donated by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd.,  Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEONMALL Co. Ltd.
    Presenting of sports goods and stationery to the children; donated by Kato-ken Holdings Co., Ltd., Mega Sports Co., Ltd., and AEONMALL Co. Ltd.
  • The Vice Chairman of the ruling party of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. U Htay Oo, presented  a gift to Chairman of AEON 1% Club Foundation, Mr. Hayashi
    The Vice Chairman of the ruling party of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. U Htay Oo, presented a gift to Chairman of AEON 1% Club Foundation, Mr. Hayashi
  • Warm welcome performance by the local children
    Warm welcome performance by the local children
  • All children and students singing in chorus the song "If You're Happy and You Know It" with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    All children and students singing in chorus the song "If You're Happy and You Know It" with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
  • Vice Chairman of the ruling party of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. Htay Oo, and his wife.
    Vice Chairman of the ruling party of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. Htay Oo, and his wife.
  • Mr. Htay Oo and Mr. Hayashi also got on the stage and joined the performance.
    Mr. Htay Oo and Mr. Hayashi also got on the stage and joined the performance.
  • All participants singing in chorus the song "Soleado" with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    All participants singing in chorus the song "Soleado" with singers Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
  • Children learning gymnastics from a former Olympian
    Children learning gymnastics from a former Olympian
  • Children enjoying learning gymnastics.
    Children enjoying learning gymnastics.
  • Children learning songs from Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
    Children learning songs from Ms. Yuki and Ms. Yasuda
  • A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child.
    A Japanese participant teaching origami to a Myanmar child.
  • School girls at the school opening ceremony
    School girls at the school opening ceremony
  • Overjoyed local residents at the school opening ceremony
    Overjoyed local residents at the school opening ceremony
Voices of the Participants Voices of the Participants
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I am very happy to see the new school. Now the children can safely study even when it storms or rains, which I believe will improve the quality of education. I would like to say thank-you to AEON 1% Club Foundation and UNICEF for organizing this program. (AEON Mahogany School's Principal, Yangon City outskirt)
I cannot find words to express my happiness to see a new school here. Today, I even skipped doing the housework in order to come early to this ceremony. I'm grateful from the bottom of my heart. There are still a lot of students whose parents are in financial difficulties and cannot let them go to school. (A parent of a child studying at AEON Paduk School, Yangon City outskirt)
I'm really happy to have a new school. This is the first time I have seen rhythmic gymnastics. Thank you very much to AEON and all the Japanese customers who have donated to build us this school. (A parent of children studying at AEON Kant Kaw School, Ayeyawady Region)
There are five members in my family. My sister can go to school but my brother had to quit school to work as a shoemaker. (A child studying at AEON Kant Kaw School, Ayeyarwady Region)
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This is the first time I have participated in a school opening ceremony, and the sight of children playing Japanese games made me realize how important it is for them to have a school to study at. Also, their smiles cheered me up. Despite the language barrier, I still somehow managed to communicate with the children and felt very happy that I could express what I wanted to tell them. I was also very touched to know that the little things we did for the children, like teaching origami, could bring them big happiness. (Third-grade high school student)
At the opening ceremony, I really enjoyed being with the Myanmar children, singing together, making Origami, and so on, and I could see that the children had a good time as well. They performed traditional Myanmar dance, which it was my first time to see. Thanks to this opportunity, I was able to experience Myanmar culture and nature, and at the same time realize the great things about Japan. (Second-grade high school student)
It is my first time going overseas. At first, I was a bit anxious boarding a plane alone, but then it turned out to be a wonderful trip. In particular, at the school opening ceremony, I was glad to meet Ms. Yuki and many guests, but the most fun part was spending time with the local children. Despite our language barriers, we were still able to communicate with each other. But I think I should try my best learning more English. (First-grade junior high school student)
It was a great inspiration to sing on stage with children who live in villages with no electricity or musical instruments, but still try their best to practice Japanese songs. We will never forget the wonderful smiles of the Burmese children, and other participants who joined us in singing "Soleado." (Ms. Saori Yuki and Ms. Sachiko Yasuda)