The Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education School (PDO) in Mandalay has from its inception in 1995 had a policy of free education to over 7,000 students from the surrounding communities and isolated areas of the country where there are no schools.
With the aim to increase access to quality education services to these children, the school provides a vibrant curriculum for children from kindergarten through to the final school year. As one of the few registered Monastic high schools in the country has become a magnet for students from surrounding states.
A further aim is to meet the ongoing medical needs of the students and to contribute to the community at large, the school has also established a number of small income generating enterprises including a welding workshop and a paper mill and now operates a community health and education program and free clinic. Moreover, the school reaches out to other monastic education schools to introduce their teachers to the progressive teaching methodology and thought, which has begun to have a huge impact on a growing number of other schools around the country.