B.E.H.S (1) Dagon receives 21st blue plaque

DSC 6952 72The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) has awarded its 21st blue plaque to B.E.H.S No. (1) Dagon in Dagon Township, which is over a hundred years old.
The school used to be a Methodist school, and as of 2018, is more than 100 years old. The plaque was installed during a ceremony at the school yesterday. The ceremony was opened by Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Speaker of Yangon Region Hluttaw U Tin Maung Htun.
Daw Moe Moe Lwin, a member of YHT, spoke at the ceremony. She hoped the installation of the plaques would raise awareness about heritage buildings and encourage people to take measures to conserve them. She said there are plans to collect historical information and install plaques near the heritage buildings. Dagon (1) was formerly an all-girls Methodist school, which first opened on Lewis Street (Seik Kan Thar Street) in 1882. Then in 1894, the school moved to its current location at the corner of Lancaster Street (Nawaday Street) and Alanpya pagoda Street.
The three-storey main building of the school is constructed in Victorian architectural style and is spread over 3.03 acres. The school was closed for six years following the Second World War, and during the Japanese colonisation, the school served as the office of the Burmese Independence Army. After the war, the school underwent renovation under the leadership of then Headmistress Mrs. Doreen A. Logie and reopened in 1947. On 20 February, 1952, President Sao Shwe Thaik renamed the school as Methodist English High School (M.E.H.S).
dagon 72In April 1965, missionary schools in the country were appropriated as public property and placed under the Ministry of Education. The school’s name was again changed to B.E.H.S No. (1) Dagon. Additional buildings were constructed in the school’s compound between 1986 and 1998. The school now has 61 classrooms and regularly accepts more than 7,000 students. —Pwint Thitsar

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