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 (kindergarten - 4) school with 22 students and three teachers. The temporary school built by the villagers is just 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.
Working with Naung Taung Monastic School in Hopone, BSB is helping 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 began in early 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.