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High literacy despite low education budgets in Myanmar

Photojournalist Paula Bronstein filed her latest dispatch from Myanmar; a beautiful compilation of images looking inside schools in Myanmar. Yesterday, we featured more of her work from a monastery in Bago

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Burmese children and monks study together at a school run by a monastery Dec. 15, in Bago, Myanmar.

Bronstein reports:
Education in Myanmar is based on the United Kingdom's system, due in part to nearly a century of British and Christian presences in Burma.

All schools are government-operated, but recently, there has been an increase in privately funded schools. The literacy rate of Burma is fairly high although the annual budget allocated to education by the government is low. 

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Daw Aye Aye teaches a class at a small government run school on Dec. 14 in Waw township, Myanmar.

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Students recite lessons during class at a government run school on Dec. 16 on Inle Lake, Myanmar.

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A small boy sleeps under a desk next to his brother who is a student at a small government run school Dec. 14, in Waw township, Myanmar.

For many years Myanmar has suffered from economic stagnation, political repression and international isolation.

In March the army handed power to a civilian government after almost five decades of the military regime's strong arm rule. The handover took place after a controlled election under a new constitution that preserved much of the military clout.  Internet has been loosened up as previously inaccessible foreign news and opposition websites have been unblocked.