Stand By Me

Expanding: The Grace School goes from strength to strength

Burma Friday, 29 June 2012
Expanding: The Grace School goes from strength to strength

Student numbers at the Grace School in Burma have risen from 100 to 360 in the last five years and when the extension work that is currently taking place is complete, the school will be home to 14 high quality classrooms, a chapel, a library, a music room and a computer room.

The latest extension work will add a final three classrooms to the existing school, which will allow us to take in a greater number of needy children in the area and educate them up to grade ten, preparing them for college education or the world of work.

The Stand by Me Grace School is the most popular school in Tahan, an area in northwest Burma. Opened in 2003 by a young couple to provide an education for 35 very poor students, it began in a small rented house, with little resources or teaching materials. The school has experienced many major challenges such as spiralling rents from unreasonable landlords, closure by local Buddhist authorities opposed to Christian schools and heavy persecution, yet it has emerged as an amazing school providing an excellent Christian education to over 350 children.

The Grace School is oversubscribed with hundreds of children on the waiting list, therefore we are in the process of building a major extension to accommodate many more needy children who are hoping for an education. The land is bought and the building has commenced.

The Head Teacher, Phoebe, says, “We are sure that God is with us and He is the person who is leading our school. The children are very happy to attend and the parents are extremely appreciative the improvements of the school each year.”

Stand by... almost there...