MAING THAUK VILLAGE - INLE LAKE

Multi-Function Education Building constructed with plastic bottles

Developing environmental awareness through education

Like many other developing countries, Myanmar is increasing suffering from environmental deterioration. Inle Lake, located in Shan State, offers a beautiful landscape to its visitors, most notably through its floating gardens, special fishing and rowing traditions and the unique way of life of its Intha people. Unfortunately, this idyllic vision is under the twin threat of the uncontrolled use of pesticides and fertilizers as well as all types of plastic matter, illustrative of the country’s current ecological issues.

Maing Taunk is a village typical of the area, nestled along the Inle lake shore, accommodating a large school compound. The village comprises around 1000 inhabitants and the school compound accommodates 700 + children and 26 teachers.

Multi-Function Education Building:

The building accommodates:

  • a library for more than 700 students and 26 teachers 
  • a multi-purpose room used as a reading room, for exam preparation, parent-teacher meetings, prize giving ceremonies etc.

For the construction of the 4 walls, traditional bricks were substituted by plastic bottles filled with plastic waste collected by students and villagers.