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.
Jul 15, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Class in session w/ FED/GHRE
Class in session w/ FED/GHRE

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

On June 18 I visited Foundation for Education and Development/Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development in southern Thailand - a place called Khao Lak.

I saw and sat in on activities from preschool to the young adult youth outreach program.  The older children receive traditional schooling in addition to democracy and human rights training. In Thailand the problem is that to integrate migrant students into public schools, money and language-fluency in Thai is required, which many children of Burmese migrants don’t have. Additionally, transportation to these schools is not easy therefore students are provided transportation via the FED/GHRE truck from certain areas to the FED/GHRE school.

One FED/GHRE staff member I met had joined this organization at age 12 and continued through the program. She is now 19 and a translator for the organization. She said without FED/GHRE she probably would not have any opportunity and have to marry young or work in a plantation like many of her peers. I was able to also speak with a FED/GHRE recipient who has been integrated to a Thai school. He said he has both Thai and Burmese friends there and enjoys playing football as well as art class because he loves to draw mountains and landscapes.

Before I left, I was able to stop in one last time and observe a school celebration of Aung Suu Kyi’s birthday. The students were quizzed on historical events, the life of Aung Suu Kyi, and then watched a short documentary. Although there have been public changes within (Burma) Myanmar, there is an increase in new students arriving everyday to this school.  This group of multilingual Burmese youth in Thailand will grow up not only with math and language skills, but a with a global mindset trained in democracy and human rights.

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Preschool class!
Preschool class!
Celebrating Aung Suu Kyi
Celebrating Aung Suu Kyi's Birthday
Burmese migrants
Burmese migrants' children ready to learn!


Jun 11, 2012

1st Day of School

Congratulations GlobalGiving!  Your support and donors’ gifts have been instrumental in helping FED reach the goal of serving migrant children from Burma with quality education and safe and healthy environments in which to learn.

FED is pleased to announce the opening of two new learning centers within just the past month.  The New Unified Learning Center in Khao Lak and the Mulberry-FED Learning Center in Kuraburi will educate approximately 470 students, ages 3-17 in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province.  

The Unified Learning Center in Khao Lak celebrated its opening May 9 and began classes on June 5. Currently, 320 students are enrolled for courses in English literacy, math, science, Thai and Burmese language as well as computer science.  Five learning centers have been consolidated into one Unified Learning Center, with core funding from Japan’s Umenohana restaurant group.  The former learning centers operated on rented land, many experiencing annual flooding of facilities which necessitated moving locations often during the school year to hold classes.  To maximize efficiencies in operations and provide a more quality education, the new Unified Learning Center was conceived and built.  Other major donors and partners include Annika Linden FoundationKhao Lak Community Appeal, Child’s Dream and Act Now Children’s Fund.

A collaborative education program alongside Andaman Discoveries, the Mulberry-FED learning center in Kuraburi has 6 classrooms for 150 students ages 3 to 14.  Six teachers, Burmese and Thai, will serve as core educators.   The Learning Center also includes a nursery for younger children and grades K-6.  Other major funding comes from Mulberry Public Relations and Act Now Children’s Fund.  The opening ceremony on June 5 was celebrated with student performances of traditional dance and attended by students, parents, community leaders, staff and volunteers.  Andaman Discoveries is a leader in sustainable travel and development in Thailand, enabling visitors and volunteers to support a community education, among other programs. 

Thanks again to GlobalGiving for your support.  Every gift helps sustain and grow a migrant child’s education. 

Visit the 2 links below to view some pictures and a very short video of the first day of school.

1st Day of School ULC

Nursery Students 1st Day of School


May 14, 2012

FED Unified Learning Center Opening Ceremony

Burmese Community Celebrates the Opening of The United Learning Center in Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province, May 9, 2012: Over 350 people gathered today in Khao Lak to celebrate the opening of the United Learning Center - a center dedicated to educating the children of Burmese migrant workers here in Thailand. The school will serve the needs of over 300 children ages 3-17 with the goal of integrating them into the Thai community.

The United Learning Center is the vision of Mr. Htoo Chit, Executive Director of The Foundation for Education and Development (FED), a non profit organization created to serve the needs of the Burmese migrant community in the south of Thailand.  In his speech to the assembled crowd of parents, students, donors, administrators and Thai community leaders, Mr. Htoo Chit thanked all those who had graciously given their time and resources to making the opening a success. “This is a proud day for the Burmese community, we are thankful to all of our donors, volunteers and community leaders. Our children now have teachers, classrooms, health care facilities, and playgrounds to help them grow and flourish.”

The ceremony featured prayer services and a blessing from the Khuk Khak Monastery monks, and student performances of traditional Burmese, Thai and Moken community dances.  The building donor, Mr. Umeno, owner of a Japanese restaurant group Umenohana , addressed the children and urged them to ‘enjoy the school and work hard.” Mr. & Mrs. Umeno gave each child a box filled with new pencils to assist in their upcoming studies. Other majors donors include, the Annika Linden Foundation, Child’s Dream Foundation, Khao Lac Community Appeal, and Act Now Children’s Fund.

After speeches by Mr. Chit and the donors; the FED Board President, Ajan Kraisak Choonhavan, assembled the children on the stage to say thank you to the crowd in the three languages that they will study at the school, English, Thai and Burmese. Then in a typical and altogether appropriate fashion, the children dashed off to try out their new playground… a new school was officially opened.

For pictures of the event visit our facebook page by clicking here (Photos by Emmanuel Randon)


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