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.
Aug 18, 2010

Update on Migrant Learning Centre Activities

Beach Cleanup
Beach Cleanup

Dear Supporters,

Since our Learning Centres reopened in May 2010 both students and teachers alike have been busy bees, keeping themselves thoroughly occupied and entertained with a number of extra curricular activities. Here are a couple....

Environmental Cleanup On May 27th, in accordance with Grassroot’s (The local name for FED) growing environment and conservation interest and long term goals, staff, parents, students and community members cleaned and collected waste around one of our learning centers and in the general community area. Another set of students also participated in a beach clean up in the Ban Nam Khem area on June 9th.

Curriculum workshop: Through continuous assessment, education staff do their best to improve their delivery of education so that our children benefit from the best. Over 3 days from May 28th-30th, a Teachers' capacity building and curriculum workshop was conducted. 16 teachers participated to the workshop. The issues discussed in the the workshop included: child-centered teaching methods, administration of our learning centers, the role of headmasters, the content of 2009 - 2010 curricula, and the evaluation of student competencies and learning.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

May 25, 2010

Kids back to School

Dear Supporters,

You will be happy to know that the kids are delighted to be reunited with their friends and back at their migrant Learning Centre after their 2 month summer holiday.

Unlike most kids we know, these chlidren dread the holidays because they either have to work or there is nothing for them to do where they live, isolated from their friends in large rubber plantations or construction sites, they are bored and unstimulated. What is more, they are at great risk to all sorts of dangers in their environment such as dangerous work equipment and snakes. Often the children must be left unsupervised while their parents work hard to put food in their mouths.

Just days before the learnig centres reopened a student went missing whilst her parents were working and was found 3 days later killed and possibly raped. The FED legal aid team is working together with the Thai police on the case.

The Learning Centres that you support allow the chlidren not only to learn, but also to play and be supervised in a safe and secure area, free from these kind of threats. All the staff have undergone child protection, child rights and child-centered education training as well as health and first aid training. The chlidren are in very safe hands offering great peace of mind to parents and allowing the children to thrive and be happy.

The kids are so enthusiastic to be back at school and learning again it really makes you smile.

On behalf of the children and their parents A big BIG Thank you to all of you for helping to make this happen.

Apr 23, 2010

Family fun day!

Performers collect flowers from adoring audience
Performers collect flowers from adoring audience

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners' projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On February 12 he spent the day at FED’s Family Fund Fundraiser event near Bang Niang.

Pop three balloons with a dart and win a stuffed animal. Kick three of five soccer balls through tires sitting upright and win a clock. Reach into a barrel filled with shredded paper and pull out a mystery prize. Take a shot at any of these carnival games, set up and run by foreign volunteers, for 5-10 Thai baht (about $0.15-$0.20) per go. And all the money goes to a good cause: The educational and welfare programs made available to you and your community by the Foundation for Education and Development.

FED ran the fundraiser in an effort to raise awareness among parents and the wider community, and to increase financial support, albeit at a nominal level, from the beneficiary community. It was certainly a fun approach to local fundraising—an activity not often pursued by organizations in developing communities. But community buy-in helps breed ownership which is key to long term sustainability and success.

FED is serving a long-neglected community: Burmese who have migrated, both legally and illegally, to southern Thailand in search of work. Even those present legally have essentially no rights under Thai law.

In addition to games, the Fundraiser event, which coincided with Burma’s biggest holiday, Burma Union Day, featured traditional Burmese and Thai dancing, singing and other performances. After the different groups performed, they went to the edge of the stage to collect flowers and plastic leis from their friends and family, in a scene worthy of a Celine Dion concert (not that I would know…).

This was the first annual fundraiser and immediately following it Zurine of FED already had ideas for how to improve next year. It seems this learn-by-doing approach serves FED well. Thank you for supporting this project!

Harder than it looks...
Harder than it looks...
Thai pride, too, on Burma Union Day
Thai pride, too, on Burma Union Day


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