Taiwan’s rural mini libraries to go to Myanmar
In 2013, the alumni of the department of architecture of Taiwan’s Feng Chia University celebrated its 50th anniversary and proposed a public project to build 100 small libraries in rural areas for rural children who cannot afford to buy many books to read. With the joint efforts of the alumni of the department of architecture, the department of information and communications, and the Taiwan Rotary Club, small libraries have now been built for the Hsiang Bi Elementary School in Miaoli, the Ching Ai Elementary School in Nantou, and the San Hsia Elementary School in New Taipei City.
At the Hsiang Bi Elementary School, the small library is built from shipping containers and decorated with bamboo, a local crop. At the Ching Air Elementary School, the small library is built from assembled prefabricated or prefab units. This facilitates future expansion. Again, local materials are used in the construction.
The alumni association of the department of architecture of Feng Chia University was surprised when inquiries about the small library project came from local educational authorities in Myanmar.
When Aung San Suu Kyi founded a music school in Myanmar, the Ai village where the Ching Ai Elementary School is located, donated some locally made violins to her school. And through this connection, the local authorities of Myanmar learned about the small rural library project.
The alumni association of the department of architecture of Feng Chia University says that the small libraries for Myanmar will be built with assembled prefab units, using all local materials without importing any construction material from Taiwan.