On behalf of FED and the local Burmese migrant community, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to those who have generously contributed to the GlobalGiving project aimed at providing education for Burmese children. Burmese migrants in the Phang-Nga province move frequently as a necessity of the labor they do and as a result their children have trouble gaining a consistent education. This lack of cohesion leads to a disruption in their studies and many of the students have trouble with self discipline when they are constantly moving to a new school. By providing learning centers at many of the migrant working communities in the area FED has established a safe environment where students can learn from a standard curriculum, regardless of which learning center they attend. Additionally, next year a unified learning center will open, combining many of the learning centers and providing students with an even more cohesive and supported education.
On behalf of FED and the local Burmese migrant community, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to those who have generously contributed to the Global Giving project aimed at providing education for 265 Burmese children. While donations can still be made in support of this project, all donations made only on June 15th, 2011, will now be matched at thirty-percent. We, as well as the Burmese children recipients of these fundamental gifts, are immensely thankful for the responses, the support, and the time you have given in pursuit of this cause. While education, especially for youth, is of the utmost importance and beyond the confines of a price or monetary value, these are projects that FED will continue to provide thanks to the community of support we are fortunate enough to have made with you. As we maintain communication with our valued supporters, please do continue to look out for ways you can support the Burmese migrant community through the work that FED is doing and through our future Global Giving campaigns. Thank you again for your support and compassion.
Now that the 2010 – 2011 school year came has come to an end, I want to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the Burmese Community, our Board and staff for your generous support throughout the year. FED firmly believes that your ongoing cooperation will continue to improve the quality of FED’s educational activities in its energetic and enthusiastic future.
With your support this year we were able to continue running existing Learning Centers and gave educational opportunities to the majority of the children in the area as well as assisting their life security. This changed the life of the children from child labor to students. The parents are able to work well in the field because they are confident their children have a chance for studying at the learning centers.
FED's principal focus is providing access to education for the children of migrants. Our learning centers and nurseries are in need of long term funding and support so that they can continue to grow and improve in their delivery of education to these children.
In 2010 – 2011 Academic year, all learning centers and two nurseries opened for the school year on the 17th of May 2010. We provided teaching materials, stationeries and developed a curriculum for all students in our learning centers with the help of donations from GlobalGiving and other donors. We also arranged the transportation for all learning centers. At first it was difficult to control the number of students in the learning centers and to help them find self-discipline in the new centers, because their parents had been migrating to other places several times and then they had always taken their children with them. All students in our learning can study safely, because all the learning centers are situated in secure areas. The students adapted to discipline, studying and are happy in their classes.
In addition, your donations allowed us to employ new Thai and Burmese teachers for the 2010-2011 school year. Teachers in the learning centers have teaching undergone training in professional teaching, human rights, community organizing, child right and child protection. Additionally, they participated in several educational workshops. The Curriculum for the 2010 – 2011 school year included Burmese, English, Thai, Mathematics, Social Studies and Art.
In addition to their educational activities, our students also participated in a number of different integration activities throughout the year:
International Children Day
World Teacher Day Celebration
World Ethnic culture and Peace Day
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Please click the link below to watch a short video of how Burmese Migrant Children live in South Thailand. There is also a short message from our Executive Director. Please do share the video with your friends and families.
I hope this video helps you all to better understand how your money is being used to help Burmese migrant children access education and bring themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty that has afflicted their families for generations.
The first child in the video lives and works on a rubber plantation. The second child lives on a construction site. Both are FED-GHRE students.
Many thanks for your support,
Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2011 !!
Last month all our students got together to give thanks and show their respect for our fabulous teachers. There was lots of dancing, singing, present giving and speeches.
All the children also received GHRE T-Shirts donated by Mr Harald Engle from The Rights of the Child.
This project, providing education to Burmese migrant children, would not be at all possible without our amazing, dedicated teachers.
THANK YOU TEACHER!!
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