Kon Lan is a small village a little over an hour’s drive from Hopone, Southern Shan State. The people are Pa-O and mostly farmers. The village is not near any other villages, so the village school is the only place for children to be educated.
Kon Lan School is a a government primary (KG - 4) school with about 22 students and three teachers. The temporary school built by the villagers is flimsy thatch. Water comes into the classroom during monsoon rains. The school compound is spacious, giving children space to play. Running water is piped to the school from nearby hills. Existing toilets are adequate.
Working with Naung Taung Monastic School in Hopone, BSB will help build a new brick school building for Kon Lan. The new school will also include a rooftop solar electricity system to provide night lighting (the school is also used as a village meeting hall) and mobile device charging. New furniture will provide the students quality workspace for their lessons. It is hoped that an attractive new structure will encourage more parents to send non-school attending children to school.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2020, but may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BSB will monitor the situation closely, will follow directives and guidance of government authorities, and will proceed with construction when it is feasible and safe.