Our vocational programs include: carpentry, tailoring, computing, horticulture, and catering and are intended to teach students practical skills and training that will help them find jobs after graduation.
The carpentry department produces furniture for the school and for sale, including tables, benches, windows, doors, beds, chairs and living room furnishings. Most of the demand comes from PDO High School itself. The carpentry department supplies construction materials for new buildings and performs maintenance on existing buildings. Interested students can hone their carpentry skills through hands-on practical experience, which they wouldn’t be able to do in a normal class setting.
The tailoring class provides tailoring technique training for children - especially girls - who are interested in learning about sewing and designing. This includes the sewing of school uniforms, school bags, shirts, etc.
The school has its own Information Technology Department. The teachers in this department teach the students how to use computers. They are taught how to use Microsoft Office programs, the Internet, Email and more. The department is also responsible for the software- and hardware systems of the school.
PDO High School has a catering training program for its students and staff. The school kitchen is used for this training program. At times, we hire a local or foreign professional cooks to teach and manage the program.
SCHOOL GARDENS AND HORTICULTURE
PDO owns three gardens. There is a tiny garden in the vicinity of the school itself (about the size of two classrooms), a second garden 500 meters from the school (about the size of a football field) and the extensive garden called ‘Horticulture’ (about five hectares in size), approximately 32 km away from the school.
Agricultural knowledge and vegetables
The purpose of these gardens is to provide students with agricultural knowledge and to produce fruit and vegetables for the school kitchens. In the two gardens in and near the school, many kinds of fruit and vegetables are grown, such as tomatoes, egg plant, beans, potatoes, papayas, and bananas. The garden close to the school is financed by the German NGO Foerderverein Myanmar. The small garden on the school campus is an initiative by the Dutch NGO World Child Care, with its water tank financed by the German NGO.
The ‘Horticulture’ is a vast, beautiful piece of land at the feet of the Shan Hills, with a lovely creek running through it. The greater part of this plantation is covered in a variety of small orchards. As a result, throughout most of the year, the harvest of tropical fruit is possible. And you will also find a diverse variety of vegetables here. The land was generously donated in 2008 by a private donor, named U Maung Maung Gyi.
In an ongoing project, called ‘Eco-village’, people from our school build mud-houses. This project is linked to the CPME project, in which students work on practical life skills. The mud-houses are kept cool naturally, even in the heat of the summer. The students who work on this project, produce their own charcoal and organic fertilizer. All our gardening is done using bio-energy. This means we do not use any non-organic fertilizers or pesticides.
Often, our lecturers present seminars on ecological farming, protection of the environment and the dangers of pollution. Currently, for example, we are presenting agricultural training to 30 participants for the duration of six months. Besides the above mentioned skills, the 30 students will learn how to replant deforested land.