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Nang Mawk Reflects on her Final Semester

Nang Mawk* is completing her Master of Educational Administration at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok. At the end of her final semester she looked back on and her studies and reflected on where her learnings will lead in the future.

Which subjects did you study this semester?

This semester, I did a research with the title of “Need analysis studying on linking primary education between Thailand and Myanmar”. The purpose of my study is to find out how many percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar in the next five to ten years. If they do plan to return to Myanmar then what barriers might migrant children in transition period and what educational preparations are needed for this group of children? I mainly use qualitative method but a bit mix with quantitative method for this study. I conducted 100 surveys with migrant parents in Bangkhunthain district, Bangkok to find out the percentage of migrant parents who plan to return. I did some interview with migrant parents, Thai and Myanmar government workers, NGOs and CBOs workers in Bangkok and around Thai-Myanmar border such as Maesot-help without frontier, Phangnga-Foundation for Education and Development, Ranong-World education and Bangkok-Foundation for Rural youth, some Myanmar education experts from Thailand and Myanmar. The result was 75 percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar if Myanmar is really change and develop. The rest still do not know and plan to live in Thailand the rest of their life. From interviews, the big barriers children might face when they return to Myanmar are language and culture shock. So, language class within weekends and holidays are needed for students as preparation, parents speak Myanmar and practice Myanmar culture at home, both governments come up together working on educational standard and linking education. NGOs and CBOs provide information to governments and support to migrant families for language classes and raise awareness among migrant parents.

What did you most like about your study so far? Are there any success stories or achievements that you would like to share with us? What are your plans for next semester?

This semester is my last semester. I have finished all the course work and field work for pursuing my degree. I like all the subjects I have learned from my university. I will be able to adjust and use them in my future work and my current life. However, where I am going to use what is still difficult to say because I have not started working yet. What I use in my everyday life is the knowledge from leadership course. It’s all about to develop and care ourselves first then to our partners, families, community and the whole society. What we need to develop every day is our physical-try to do exercise every day, mental-try to forgive and being sufficient with what we have, cognitive- read book/books every day and think critically before make any single decision and spiritual- pray or mediation 15-30 minutes a day. One phrase I really love is “Try to understand then to be understood” means behave to people as we want them to behave to us.

My plan for the future is seeking a job that related to my field and being to make benefit to the community and my people.

Thank you for helping Nang Mawk gain the skills and confidence to pursue her dream!

*Name has been changed to preserve the anonymity of our students.

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We women foundation

Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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