Phaung Daw Oo Integrated Monastic Education School
Founder and Spiritual Lead Ven. U Nayaka
Phaung Daw Oo Integrated Monastic Education School (PDO) was founded in 1993 by The Venerable U Nayaka and his brother, The Venerable U Jotika, with the goal of providing quality education to children from poor families who otherwise would not be able to afford school. The school was built on the Burmese monastic tradition of providing young persons with literacy skills and a moral foundation to equip them to contribute to the betterment of society. Since its launch the school has grown to approximately 8,500 pupils and 400 teachers and staff.
PDO’s educational programs, ranging from kindergarten through high school, serve children who are admitted without regard to religion, race, or gender. Tuition is free to all students and room and board is provided at no cost to many children who do not live nearby. PDO’s curriculum is accredited by Myanmar’s Ministry of Education and its students take regular state exams in accordance with national standards for grades K-10.
PDO is also home to several hundred young Buddhist novice monks and nuns. Some of these novices later enter religious life full time and do so with the strong secular academic training received as part of the educational curriculum.