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The Khyakhetwine monastery is no ordinary place. Not because posters of Manchester's united soccer team cover its wooden walls. But because - thanks to the dedication of a handful of Burmese volunteers, it now provides a decent education to orphans and poor children alike.


"I am now a university student, but still find the time to volunteer in this little monastery school that I founded with some friends" says San San Yi, wrapped in an impeccable green sarang.


"Most of the children here are orphans, or kids from poor families sent to us by underfunded public schools. Many haven't received a proper education yet. We have 10 year olds who do not even have a proper command of the alphabet. Their parents can obviously not afford the private tutoring that their children need to follow at school. They are probably too busy trying to make a little money to even ensure that their children have done their homework. That's why we do most of the exercises here, in class."


Behind her, a few computer screens emit a soft buzzing sound. Besides English, maths, Spanish and Burmese, the monastery also teaches elementary computer sciences.


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Taken on June 19, 2009