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The World Bank School Stipend Programme

Through The World Bank, Denmark supports the Ministry of Education’s School Stipend programme. The Stipend programme reduces drop-out rates and helps students from economically challenged families to continue studying.

Meet Nang Thun Lay and her mother

Nang Thun Lay is one of the children who have benefitted from the Danish-supported Stipend programme. She is part of the PaOh people in Taunggyi in the southern part of Shan State, where she is attending high school at Kyauk Ta Lone.

Nang Thun Lay and her mother

Nang Thun Lay has five siblings. Sadly, her father passed away and for a long period of time her mother got sick on and off and therefore found it difficult to send all her children to school. Since grade 5, Nang Thun Lay has received a stipend due to which she has been able to continue her education for four years in a row, and now she attends grade 8. Unfortunately, her sister had to drop out of school when she was in grade 5, since the family’s income was too low back then.

“Now that Nang Thun Lay has been provided with a school stipend, she can continue her studies. In the past, I couldn’t meet my children’s education needs because we were poor. Now, since Nang Thun Lay has gotten a stipend, it is okay, and it will be even better if she can continue her education in the years to come,” says Nang Thun Lay’s mother.

Meet Naw Hsu Hlaing and her mother Marie Htee Hsai

Naw Hsu Hlaing is one of the children who have benefitted from the Danish-supported Stipend programme. She is part of the minority group Kayaw people in Than Taung Gyi, Kayin State, where she is attending grade 10.


“We are a big family and I have many siblings. My parents earn their money as casual labourers. If I did not get a stipend it would be very difficult for me to continue my schooling, since my younger sisters also have to go to school. The stipend has been a great help for me. Now I can buy school stationaries and candles to study at night. If I pass my exam, I want to be a religious teacher in my Christian group or a school teacher,” says Naw Hsu Hlaing. 


“Since I do not know how to be a trader or a seller, we work on other peoples’ plantations. I also work on a farm and go along with others to work as a casual labourer. We have to work hard for our children’s education, but with their stipends it is now easier. I have eight children and six of them are in school. Two of my children, who are in grade 10 and grade 6, have been receiving stipends. The children’s stipends really eased our life. Amongst other, I use the money to buy candles which cost a lot. Previously, my children studied while sitting close to the open fire to be able to see. Now, my children can study in the light of the candles and they don’t have to squeeze together around the open fire which is a great help. I am so happy for myself, my family and others who got the stipend as well. It will help us to keep our children in school,” says Marie Htee Hsai, Naw Hsu Hlaing’s mother.