DEPDC

DEPDC is a non-governmental, non-profit community-based organization that provides education and full-time accommodation to children in prevention and protection of being trafficked into the commercial sex industry and other exploitative labor conditions.
Apr 24, 2015

Summer holidays at Chiang Khong Shelter!

Another 3 months has gone by since our last update on the Shelter in Chiang Khong. When we had our de-briefing with Ms. Puangthong Takan, we were told everything was running quite smoothly. Since the summer holidays began around the 10th of March, all of the girls in the shelter had family homes that they were able to go and stay at.

The first major update that P’Too had for us was that of the 15 girls in shelter, 8 just finished grade 9 in March. 4 of these girls plan on attending Chiang Rai Provincial Woman Vocation Center in Phan District, Chiang Rai Province. When the girls come back on the 5th of May, there will be 6 living in the shelter full time. 16th of May is the beginning of a new school year in Chiang Khong.

When we arrived at Chiang Khong, a new development greeted us. What was an old platform house for many years, was renovated into a new classroom for the children. Newly built in early April. Fitted with a chalkboard and even some storage space at the back.

Unfortunately, however there was some unpreventable damage done to our Chiang Khong Centre due to a bad stretch of weather. P’Too could only describe it as a tornado! Luckily no one in the centre was injured, as a number of coconuts that fell from the tree in the garden crashed through the roof of the centre in 4 places. This caused damage to the office where documents and even the computer was weather damaged.

We would like to give thanks to everyone that has made this past year possible and we look forward to seeing the students again in May 2015.



The shelter
The shelter's new classroom.
Damage to the kitchen
Damage to the kitchen's roof.

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Apr 21, 2015

Community Learning Center April Update

CLC computer class
CLC computer class

DEPDC wishes everybody a happy Songkran (Thai New Year)! Due to Songkran and school holidays DEPDC's Community Learning Center (CLC) classes took a short break this week and will restart on April 21st, 2015.

 

At the moment our CLC offers three different levels of English classes every week. Lower-level and intermediate English classes run every day of the week from Monday to Friday and upper-level English class three days a week from Tuesday to Thursday.

Thai language classes take place at a slightly irregular base at the moment, because most of the students in these classes are monks and novices from the local temples, whose schedule is bound to the religious holidays. In addition to the language classes, the CLC also organizes computer classes. These classes are now organized on a workshop base and not following a regular schedule anymore.

At the moment the students of CLC's upper-level English class are between 14 and 19 years of age and are students, and recent graduates of the local high schools around DEPDC's Mae Sai center. Their families are not able to pay for the very expensive private schools, that have foreign English teachers in their all English programs, or to receive private tutoring by native English speakers. CLC's upper-level English class enables them to improve their English skills, this is important because today three English language courses are compulsory for all Thai university students.

Three of our upper-level English class students will leave CLC in the near future and move to Chiang Rai city to visit the local university. All CLC teachers and DEPDC staff wish them best success for their further studies and hope they'll be able to make their dreams come true.

All of DEPDC's staff, volunteers, and students would like to thank our generous donors for their support. Without your support DEPDC's work in furthering the education of our students would be impossible. Thank you!

 

Special CLC English class in the afternoon
Special CLC English class in the afternoon

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Apr 13, 2015

End of Half Day School's (HDS) school year 2014/2015

Grade 5 students during an outdoor English lesson!
Grade 5 students during an outdoor English lesson!

Another three months have passed by and our students went on their well-deserved holidays on Friday 13th of March. Our school will be closed until May 11th and then resume as before.

 

During the time of school holidays HDS's teachers will have one month break as well and then begin to prepare for the new school year. Now we have a little time to reflect on what happened during the past year.

 

In the school year 2014/2015 HDS had 72 students. All of them belong to one of the various ethnic minorities living on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border and are victims of statelessness. HDS offers these children a chance to receive at least a basic education up to grade 6 (the end of primary education in Thailand) and also provides them with vocational training in different fields, like sewing, handicrafts, basic maintenance of technical equipment, and agriculture.

 

HDS is a school under the supervision of the Non-Formal Education Department (NFED) and therefor our students must do their exams for the primary education diploma at the NFED. During the last year all eight of our 5th grade students managed to receive their diploma for the 6th grade and are now going to study on for a high school diploma. Three of them even managed to progress on to the formal education system and will be able to study at a Thai government school from the beginning of next term. This is a big success for these children and all HDS and DEPDC staff are happy and proud of this achievement.

 

The other five students will have the chance to stay at HDS for one more year and study here to improve their knowledge and skills. They will receive support and advice for their further studies.

 

DEPDC wishes all of them the best of luck in their further studies and hopes that they will go on to receive a 9th grade high school diploma.

 

All to DEPDC's staff, volunteers, and students would like to thank all our generous donors for their support. Without your support DEPDC's work for the wellbeing of our students would be impossible. Thank you!

The last flag ceremony for the school year!
The last flag ceremony for the school year!
Teacher Jorn during a 1st grade English lesson!
Teacher Jorn during a 1st grade English lesson!

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