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A novice monk deep in thought in at the Oval monastery in Nyaung Shwe. While the other young monks were reading or fooling around with each other, he was sitting there alone with this wistful expression on his face.

Burmese send their children to the monastery to receive a Buddhist education, learning the Pali Canon, the life story of Gautama Buddha as soon as they have a good grounding of the three Rs. Monks were the traditional teachers of the young and old alike until secular and missionary schools came into being during the British colonial administration. The Burmese word kyaung for school is derived from Hpongyi kyaung (monastery).

There has been a revival of monastic schools since the 1990s with the deepening economic crisis. Children from poor families that can ill afford fees, uniforms and books have renewed the demand for a free monastic education.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1119] (7204)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-10-28
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 3:13
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