We strive for building a harmonious and respectful society in Arakan through quality education.
To provide access to quality education for children and adolescents of diverse communities in Arakan.
To provide children of different communities access to quality basic education.
To provide non-formal and vocational education for out-of-school children and adolescents.
To facilitate an enabling learning environment where there is religious tolerance and respect for diversity.
Better education, better society
Description & Programs
Pichaung Institute is a charitable organization that provides primary, secondary and precollege education for underprivileged students and youths from rural areas of Rakhine State and Chin State of Myanmar and engages communities’ members in order to have social cohesion by means of learning and teaching. And it yearly educates almost 500 students and youths with different racial and religious background from primary to Precollege level. Under Pechaung Institute, there are eight main programs. They are:
1. Basic Education Program for children and young students
2. Leadership Empowerment & Management Program for adults
3. Youth Empowerment and Community Development Studies Program for adults
4. Youth Empowerment & Teacher Training Program for adults
5. Leadership & Youth Development Program for adults
6. Teacher Education Training program for IDP camps, Monastic Education schools and charity education schools
7. Public Awareness Program for social cohesion and peace
8. Agri-educating program for farmers
9. Computer Training Center and
10. LCCI Courses of Level 1, 2, 3
History Background of Pichaung Institute
In 2008, a group of energetic monks residing at Wea Gyi Daunt Village’s monastery initiated a three-months-long summer English class for children and youths in the village and the name of the class was named as “Royal English Language Teaching Centre”. After three months later, they considered and decided to create a regular charitable school based on understanding and realizing educational weaknesses and challenges of children and youths in the region.
In accordance with the pronouncement to establish a charitable school in coming year, on 18 – 03 – 2009, the free school of “Royal Education Centre (REC)” has been inaugurated to regulate classes in 2009-2010 academic year. In that academic year, 14 matriculation students were accepted and taught and out of them, 5 students initially passed matriculation examination as result.
Due to spreading out the news of first achievement, REC gained attention by the parents and students of the community. Starting from that period, Royal Education Centre has reached 10th anniversary in 2018-2019 academic year educating over 500 students. Out of them, over 100 students were nurtured to pass matriculation exam under direct supervision of REC.
While teaching matriculation students only in early years, REC introduced new classes for lower grades of 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5 year after year in order to upgrade the quality of students. Even there are enough teachers to introduce primary classes, it is not able accept and teach primary children because of inadequate shelter for classrooms. In this academic year, REC has been teaching 260 students from grade 5 to university level.
In 2014, REC introduced the capacity building programme specializing English and teacher education for matriculated students in collaboration with Theik Khar Myannmar, Kant Kaw Education Centre, U Mya Kyaing English Language School and Chin Institute of Social Science and well-trained students from the capacity building programme substituted for teachers in REC and some other were sent as volunteer teachers to other monastic and charitable schools in Kyauktaw, Mrauk Oo, Pauktaw and Ratheedaung townships of Rakhine State.
In October 2017, inviting writers, speakers and scholars, REC started a Monthly Public Talk plan in order to develop knowledge of people in community.
In 2018 April, as implementing its third objective of providing post-secondary and tertiary education in the region, REC newly set a one-year-long programme of “Youth Education and Community Development” (YECD) and this programme is designed to teach English, Computer and other useful subjects utilized in working environment. Currently second batch of YECD programme is training 24 students from Kyauktaw, Rathedaung, Pauktaw and Myaybon townships. The batch 2 class will be completed in June 2020. In first batch of YECD Programme, 23 students from Kyauktaw, Pauktaw, Sittwe and Ratheedaung townships were accepted and trained, and it was accomplished in June 2019.
Reaching 10th year anniversary in 2019, REC reformed its administrative structure, financial management and teaching methods in the correct condition for operation of implementing future education plans and the board of directors considered to rename the school as “Pichaung Institute”. In this name of Pichaung Institute, the “Pichaung” is used to honor the river flowing in the region and the use of “institute” is relevant to post-secondary and tertiary education planned to implement in the future. The name of “Pichaung Institute” was officially used in 2019-2020 academic year.
In 2021 - 2022 Academic year, Pichaung Institute extend three educational programs for adolescent girls and boys and they are called Youth Empowerment and Community Development Studies Program in Sittwe, Leadership Empowerment and Management Program in Kyauktaw, Youth Empowerment and Teacher Training Program in Mrauk Oo and those programs mainly focus on English four skills, computer literacy, Business management, Financial management, Social Science, Research Methodology and Environmental Studies.
The first graduation ceremony for adolescent non-formal education programs was held on 26 March 2022 and 25 students have received Diploma in Social Studies and 40 students have received Certificate in General Management Studies.