THE KHAYAY SCHOOL
The Khayay International School is a leading private institution in early childhood and primary education in Yangon, Myanmar. While being a school, it also focuses greatly on educational research, so that the faculty and staff can create the best educational environment and inspire innovative practices for next generations. Over the past 10 years, the school has developed and designed a unique multilingual curriculum to promote active global citizenship from the early years. At the Khayay International School, children from different backgrounds are encouraged to become active listeners and self-motivated learners as they engage in many hands- on activities. Music and the arts also have an important place in the school life. The school, like the Myanmar Music Festival, believes that the arts are positive and engaging ways to promote the child’s self-expression and self-discovery. It also believes that music and the arts nurture the practice of compassion, awareness, mutual understanding and respect that all Khayay students will carry on in their life.
Khayay Violin Ensemble & Choir
“Dear Violin” (親愛的琴) is a project launched in 2014 by Executive Director Kaiyin Huang’s organization Kairos Arts and Artistic Director Kimball Gallagher’s organization 88 International, to fundraise and purchase 88 special violins made by the aboriginal community of Qinai village, a Taiwanese aboriginal mountain village located in Nantou County. These violins are distributed throughout 88 International’s network to develop youth violin programs in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Tunisia, Chile, Pakistan and others.
In Myanmar, 21 violins were donated to the Khayay International School to support the beginnings of their music department, the Joseph Smith Music Center, and it now benefits dozens of their students. Some students will perform during the festival. They will be coached by visiting Taiwanese violinist An Mei Chen and Myanmar violinist Thet Su Oo who has visited Taiwan and the village of Qinai in April 2017.
Additionally, the Khayay School students will also join in a choir performance together with the festival choir.