Two thirds of primary school children in Burma, primarily in rural areas, leave school for economic reasons either because their parents could not afford to pay for school or they could not afford to feed them.
" I'm a new student. I attend Grade 7. I am very weak in Thai and English. I don't understand Burmese. For many subjects, the teachers speak to me in Burmese and I can't understand. My problem is I'm lazy and sleepy in the class so I couldn't study well. I read everything by heart, but I don't understand the meaning of it, so I can't memorize the information. I am very shy to talk with my teacher to explain my problems. However I'm happy to stay here and study. I think, next year I will improve my Burmese. I am very happy in this dormitory because all of my friends love me." - KKS, Moon Garden Dormitory, November 2010.