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Abbot U Nayaka, head of the school (centre) and Dr. Christian Runge, honorary chairman of the "Förderverein Myanmar"

Abbot U Nayaka, head of the school (centre) and Dr. Christian Runge, honorary chairman of the "Förderverein Myanmar"

Schüler auf dem Gelände der Schule Phaung Daw Oo in Mandalay

Pupils on the grounds of the Phaung Daw Oo Scholl in Mandalay

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Partnership with Myanmar

For many years, Hörmann has supported the expansion and further development of the most important non-governmental school in Myanmar: the Phaung Daw Oo School in Mandalay. Around 6,000 pupils go to school here from first grade to high school admission. The school is run by Buddhist monks. The headmaster is Abbot U Nayaka, who founded the school in 1993.

For almost 15 years, the school has been in a lively partnership with two associations in Saarbrücken, Germany, thanks to the assistance of Christian and Ilse Runge.

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Since 1962 it has been governed by a military dictatorship that suppresses all opposition and isolates the country from the rest of the world. International embargoes exacerbate the situation. Buddhist institutions, however, still dominate throughout the country. The fact that a lasting and equal partnership between one of these institutions and German organizations could have been set up is almost a miracle.

This was made possible through extensive cooperation on planning and projects. However, a lively personal exchange made all the difference. Experts from Germany have travelled to Myanmar and members of the school’s staff has visited Saarbrücken several times.

Over the past few years, with financial support from the Hörmann Group, a two-storey building was constructed on the grounds of the Phaung Daw Oo School. Among other things, it houses the joinery and its associated apprenticeship workshop. Hörmann has also contributed to the costs for constructing a residence hall for boys. Currently, a new branch of vocational education is being developed at the school with financial help from the Hörmann Group. Since 2010, school leavers have had the opportunity to train as agricultural technicians.

Further information

2010: Horticulture experts

2008: A residence hall for male pupils

2007: A joinery for the next generation


Bauen in Myanmar

A few days in Myanmar [6mb]

Eindrücke aus dem Land, das auch Burma heisst