Hlee Bee was established in 1999 by Tha Zin. It has grown from a simple house with 40 children to a multi-building compound with nearly 400 students. The students learn all the usual subjects, plus computer, sewing and art. The school is located close to the market of Mae Sot. In 2011, because the new owner required the relocation of the school.
The majority of the students are Burman, with some Karen and Pa-O, and their parents, most of whom work as daily laborers, line up for jobs along the river or in the markets and fields.
Teachers meet with Tha Zin every Friday to review their progress and discuss how they can improve. Thazin is a wonderful educational leader who works hard to support teachers’ professional development and ensure that the children at Hlee Bee get the best education possible.
Hlee Bee students take weekly art lessons from a talented local artist, stimulating their creativity and providing them with an outlet for self-expression.
The school also has a daily food program, serving rice and curry every day. Hlee Bee provides daily transportation to and from school for students who would otherwise not be able to attend.