Foundation for Education and Development (GHRE)

The primary goal is to make available a safe and equitable environment for Burmese migrant workers in southern Thailand whilst promoting education and development opportunities for migrant children and disadvantaged adults in southern Thailand.
Jan 21, 2015

Update from our students

English classes include dancing and singing
English classes include dancing and singing

Dear Supporters,

Our students have been busy bees, here is what they have been up to in the past months... Since the month of September our learning center has a full time native English teacher to work with the higher grades (6,7,8). The English classes are based on the Myanmar Basic Education Curriculum, which primarily focuses on reading and writing skills. These students have been exposed to a fair amount of reading and writing, however, their listening and speaking skills are lacking. Sophie (their new teacher) has introduced a new English curriculum based on the textbook, English Made Easy: Learning English through Pictures. This textbook exposes students to basic conversational scenarios through illustrations. Sophie has been using the Myanmar Basic Education Curriculum as a foundation, incorporating the English Made Easy textbook to give students practical conversational scenarios.

Music has also been incorporated into the English curriculum. Basic rhythms and music theory are taught to the kids. Students also attend optional dance and keyboard lessons during lunchtime, where they learn through English instruction.
There are constantly opportunities for the students to converse with their English teacher outside of class. The students have welcomed Sophie into their community by inviting her to football tournaments, weddings, and field trips. They initiate English conversations with her and are proud to show her around Thailand. All in all, the first month of teaching has revealed the students’ desire to learn and speak English proficiently, opening doors of opportunity for their future.

The students at the Unified Learning Center (ULC) spent the first week of October preparing for their subject exams. After writing their exams from October 9th – 15th, the school was closed for a two week holiday. During the holiday, a Civic Education training session was held at the ULC for three days. Teachers from Phang Nga and Ranong participated in the event. Trainers from Mae Sot taught about the importance of teaching civic education, which equips and empowers the students to act as good citizens and participate in their community.

A presentation was given by the English teacher, Sophie, who taught about the contrasting civic education system in South Africa vs. the United States. This gave the Burmese teachers a global perspective on citizens’ rights and how differing countries incorporate civics into their education systems. The teachers at the ULC will be implementing civic education into their lessons, including the English classes. Students will gain a basic understanding of their rights and will be able to identify when their rights are being violated. They will also learn about the importance of being a good citizen and how they can influence their community on a daily basis.

During the month of November, all students were assigned additional English classes during lunch. These classes include English instruction through singing, dancing, and storytelling. The students enjoyed the extra English classes and took advantage of the opportunity to learn English through music.

During December, several volunteers came to visit the students at the learning center. Students were interviewed by the volunteers in English and discussed their goals for the future. Each of the students shared their dream to pursue a higher education. Nay, grade 8, dreams of going to medical school and becoming a doctor. Khin Mo, grade 7, shares her dream of attending fashion design school in London. Zin, grade 6, wants to study education and become an English teacher. With the support of the FED donors, ULC teachers, and other contributors, these dreams will hopefully become a reality in the near future.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 have been preparing for their spelling bee, which will take place in February. The students have each found their own English storybook novel from the learning center library and write 5 – 10 new vocabulary words a day, practicing the spelling of each word. The students also anticipate the arrival of new volunteers in February, where they can perform their English songs in front of a large audience.

Aung playing "Don
Aung playing "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Grade 8 Students
Grade 8 Students
Sep 15, 2014

FED's Annual Report

Dear Supporters,

We are pleased to present to you our 2013 Annual Report http://www.ghrefed.org/reports/fed_annualreport_2013.pdf, hoping that it gives you a greater sense of the work and the accomplishments of the Foundation for Education and Development (FED) in the past year. These results could have not been achieved without your support . On behalf of the Board of Directors, our staff and the Burmese community we would like to thank our supporters who have enable us to achieve so much this last year.

FED enjoyed its 13th year of successfully serving the Burmese Migrant community living and working in Thailand while working towards greater relations and understanding between Thai and Burmese people. FED programs strived to meet the needs of migrants in the areas of healthcare, labor and human rights advocacy, and education as well as aiding minority groups such as the Moken.

Highlights of FED’s campaigns included the start-up of projects inside Burma including the opening of an office in Yangon in addition to FED’s Director and Deputy Director making campaigning and fundraising trips to Australia and France respectively to advocate for and build awareness of the difficulties faced by Burmese Migrants and the work of FED.

The following report provides a summary of FED’s programs; highlighting the major activities.

 

Thank you for your support.

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May 19, 2014

End of School Year at One of Our Learning Centers

Health Education Training
Health Education Training

Dear Supporters,

The 2013-2014 academic year at our Khok Kloy Learning Center (one of our smaller learning centers) finished in the month of April and as the student prepare to start a new year in late May, we want to share some of our activities with all our supporters from Globalgiving.

The school currently has an enrollment of 42 students and daily average attendance is between 35-40 children ages 5 to 14.  The Learning Center has 2 paid teachers teaching kindergarten through the 3rd grade. There is a 6 subject curriculum including: Mathematics, English, Burmese, History, Science, and Geography. The children also receive regular training from the FED Health Team about healthy hygiene and nutritional habits to help avoid illness. The teachers also teach students basic traditional and cultural customs of both Myanmar and Thailand.

Please enjoy the following pictures and stories about Khok Kloy Learning Center students.

  • Nutrition Day Activity:  FED Education and Health Teams provided a nutrition day activity at the Khok Kloy learning center. The purpose of this activity was to teach the students how to enrich their diets by eating healthy, nutritional foods and avoiding unhealthy foods. Educating students on how to improve dieting habits will help kids avoid illnesses such as coughing, diarrhea, and malnutrition.
  • Student Exchange (ASEAN Nations Camp): The FED Education Team organized a Student Exchange ASEAN Nations Camp at the Unified Learning Center (ULC) for 85 students from all FED Education programs including students from the ULC, Muan Mit and Mulberry learning centers in Khuraburi, the Thai school integration program, and the Khok Kloy learning center. The purpose of the camp was to educate the students about ASEAN in preparation for the opening of ASEAN in 2015. Camp activities taught the students general knowledge about each ASEAN country through fun games, skits, music, and lessons. The camp also provided an opportunity for migrant students to meet and build friendships with children living in similar circumstances from communities all across Phang Nga province. 

Our Students:

My name is Thi Thi. I am 10 years old and I attend grade 1 at Khok Kloy LC. I was born in Dawei, Myanmar. My parents are currently working in the Khok Kloy rubber plantation. I like to study at school and I hope to one day be a teacher for children growing up in rural areas like me. I am trying my best to study hard and would like to get a higher education in the future. I try to inspire my friends to study at Khok Kloy learning center because I see our teachers are working so hard to improve our future. I want to thank my parents for encouraging us to go to school and especially our teachers who teach us tirelessly every day. I hope to continue my studies in grade 2 next year.

My name is Sint Nyo. I am 11 years old and am attending grade 3 at Khok Kloy LC. I was born in Koh Thaung, Myanmar. My parents are working in section 12 of the Khok Kloy rubber plantation. I like to sing and dance with my friends and I often do that in my classes as well. I am so happy to participate in student exchange activities and meet with my friends from other learning centers. Experiences like student exchange are big and exciting changes for us; being from tiny Khok Kloy learning center. If I did not go to school, I may not have such great opportunities. I do not know when or if my parents will go back to Burma, but my family is very poor and I do not think my parents could afford to send me to the school in Burma because enrollment costs are expensive. I want to say “thank you” to my parents and my teachers for supporting me.

Our Teachers:

My name is Nwal Ni Win and I am 35 years old. I completed high school in Myeik, Myanmar. I taught in Myeik from 2001 to 2008. After I got married, I followed my husband and family to Thailand. I used to work in the Khok Kloy rubber plantation with my husband until I was contacted by people in the community who informed me the local learning center was looking for a teacher. I think teaching is a challenging job because the students have many different behaviors, attitudes, interests, abilities and skills.

Their feelings are very sensitive and they need lots of encouragement from parents, the community, and
society. It is my pleasure to teach the children here, they are very innocent. They are like a white paper; we can draw or paint anything, any “color” on them. I want to see these children become the ray of hope in our world, especially for Myanmar. The new generation must become educated people to bring peace to our own people and the Thai community.

A Look Ahead at 2014 - 2015 School Year:
With your support, FED will continue to build on the success of the Khok Kloy LC in the upcoming year. FED hopes to add grade 4 courses to school curriculum in 2014 as well as hire a native Thai teacher to increase student Thai language skills, an invaluable asset for migrants living in Thailand. In addition, FED is currently working to improve transportation services for students at the learning center as currently there are many children who cannot come to school due to the lack of transportation.

Community Clean Up as part of Health Education
Community Clean Up as part of Health Education
Asean Camp
Asean Camp
Asean Summer Camp
Asean Summer Camp
Thi Thi
Thi Thi
Sint Nyo
Sint Nyo
Teacher Nwal Ni Win
Teacher Nwal Ni Win

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