Literacy Training for an Ethnic Minority Community

 
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Jul 25, 2014

Interview with Nin!

Nin at a CLC Dinner
Nin at a CLC Dinner

For this report, we are pleased to highlight one of our most dedicated and diligent Community Learning Center upper-level English language students. Nin has been studying English for the past 6 years. Although she has not always been able to come regularly, she is very dedicated to learning English. She aspires to own her own business and believes that gaining fluency in English will help her achieve that goal.

Although Nin grew up in Patek Village and was always aware of DEPDC/GMS and its variety of programs, she became aware of the CLC English classes after participating in the DEPDC/GMS Border Youth Leadership Training Program. Through the program, she lived one year at the Mae Sai center and assisted the organization's Director of Administration with administrative tasks. During this time, she learned about administration, was involved with other DEPDC/GMS projects. Nin worked for the Child Voice Radio project and taught Thai language at the Half Day School. This also gave her the opportunity to work with international volunteers at DEPDC/GMS whom she spoke English with.

After the Training Program, Nin was inspired to continue her English language studies through the Community Learning Center program. She credits her English level as helping her towards achieving her goals. Nin was able to get a position as a barista at an upscale coffee shop where she interacted with English speaking tourists regularly. She is starting university in Chiang Rai next month and we wish her the best! 

Nin says, “I love CLC because I love learning. I have so much fun playing games and practicing my conversational skills."



Nin with some of her CLC classmates
Nin with some of her CLC classmates
Apr 28, 2014

April 2014 CLC Update

Some of our CLC students with birthday cakes !
Some of our CLC students with birthday cakes !

Since our last report in January, Community Learning Centre (CLC) classes have been going really well at our Mae Sai centre. Our two current CLC teachers for intermediate English classes, Eléa and Genevieve, were happy to welcome new students to their classes! Having a new student in class is always a reward for our teachers, since the classes are mostly advertised by word of mouth.  Eléa, from France and who lived in the United Kingdom for 5 years, says: ‘A new student in class means that our students have talked to their friends about our English lessons and have convinced them to study as well.  For us, it is great feedback and proof that our students have a positive experience with their CLC classes. I am always excited to get to know a new student in class and have fun together.’ 

Community Learning Centre classes are also currently taught by Genevieve, who is from the United States. Genevieve has been teaching for a month and has already developed a close relationship with her students. Last month, she turned 22 and we all celebrated her birthday together. The students brought her two birthday cakes that were shared and thoroughly enjoyed.

Some students of our intermediate English classes have been coming to the Community Learning Centre for a long time. Seoul, 17, is a student who has been coming to CLC classes for over a year and a half.  He says: ‘I really enjoy my classes because it isn’t just a class, it also feels like family. The atmosphere here is friendly and there is no pressure to fail. We can all exchange knowledge and ideas. I come to CLC classes to improve my English skills and to gain confidence to speak.  My English has improved a lot.’

Another Community Learning Centre student, Pam, who is 16, has been coming to CLC classes for 4 years. Pam says: ‘I like this class because our teachers like to play games to teach us English. I think CLC classes are useful for everyone now and in the future, because we use English regularly and it is important for everyone to speak the language a little bit.’

Our students come from various schools around Mae Sai and also have different nationalities and backgrounds. The CLC ‘open door’ policy means that our classes are open to anyone in the community and that no one is ever turned away. Students come to class to learn more vocabulary and grammar in order to enter highly-rated universities or simply to have a bit of fun in class.

Thanks to the generosity and support of Global Giving donors, all other Community Learning Centre classes (Thai, Burmese, and Computer classes) are taught every week and provide a fantastic opportunity for members of a community in need.  CLC provides free literacy and human rights education to members of ethnic minority hill tribes, undocumented migrants, Buddhist monks, and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border.

On behalf of our teachers, volunteers, and students, we would like to humbly thank you for your support which helps maintain this important project. We invite you to visit the DEPDC blog to read recent updates and information about the Community Learning Centre and other DEPDC projects.

Finally, we would like to wish you a very happy Thai New Year from all of us here at DEPDC!

Thank you so much!

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Jan 29, 2014

CLC Update January 29th!

Erica and her CLC students
Erica and her CLC students

At the end of November, we were sad to say goodbye to Erica, an international volunteer from Ireland, who had been teaching English classes for 6 months at DEPDC. She was much appreciated by the CLC students and will surely be missed!

We are happy to announce the arrival of a new international volunteer, Elea, who is from France. Elea currently teaches intermediate English at CLC and is sharing the classes with Julie, who is from the U.S and arrived to DEPDC last October. The intermediate English classes run three times a week, while other classes (Thai, Burmese and computing classes) run every day Monday to Friday at the centre.

Under the instruction of volunteer teachers DEPDC International Department, the students are often taught English grammar but are also encouraged to practice their oral English skills through various activities, such as games and classroom conversations. However, the English classes taught at the CLC are not just about improving English skills. The classroom is a place for students to build confidence in themselves and their abilities, and about building relationships with each other. Teachers and students have established a good relationship, and sometimes dinners are organised after class so everyone can get to know each other a little bit better.

Thanks to your generous support, CLC has continued to provide vital English and Thai language and literacy education. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has supported and continues to support this important project that helps the surrounding communities of Mae Sai. Your kind donations are proof in the belief that everyone – no matter their age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or skill level – has the right to learn, thrive, and grow!

CLC provides computer training, human rights education and literacy training in both the Thai and English language for up to 100 refugees, members of ethnic minority hill tribes, undocumented migrants, the Mae Sai community and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. We invite you to visit the DEPDC blog to read recent updates and information about CLC and other DEPDC projects.

CLC students and teachers having dinner together!
CLC students and teachers having dinner together!
Oct 31, 2013

CLC Update October 30th!

Hard at work!
Hard at work!

Thanks to the generosity and support of Global Giving participants, The Community Learning Centre (which runs under the instruction of DEPDC) continues to provide free literacy and human rights education to up to 100 refugees, members of ethnic minority hill tribes, undocumented migrants, Buddhist monks and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. 

Many of these people are at significant risk of being trafficked into exploitative situations such as forced sex work or hard labour. Here at our DEPDC HQ in Mae Sai, we provide them with the opportunity for academic, vocational and human rights education, which significantly reduces this risk. CLC has been operating since 2005 and is still going strong.

The classes on offer at DEPDC differ from term to term. At this point in time, we have seven classes teaching Thai and English language at various levels. Classes are held in the evening so that students may attend after work or school. Adult students meet three evenings a week, young learners meet five evenings a week, and monks meet five evenings a week. CLC is open to anyone in the community and no one is ever turned away. Thanks to your generous support, CLC has continued to provide vital English and Thai language and literacy education to up to 100 members of the Mae Sai community.

Our International volunteer from Ireland, Erica, is still teaching our Intermediate English class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She says 

"I've developed such a great friendship with my students over the past few months, we've had fabulous conversations and they've taught me as much as I've taught them. My time with DEPDC/GMS is up at the end of November - I'm not looking forward to saying goodbye but I'm so glad I had the chance to be part of this amazing project, everyone deserves the right to education." 

We've also been very lucky to welcome two new volunteers to DEPDC. Matt (Australia) is a psychology student and is planning on staying for up to a year, and Julie (U.S) who is a teacher with plenty of experience in Thailand and fluent Thai to go with it! Both new volunteers have been teaching CLC during the week have already formed great working relationships with the students

We invite you to visit the DEPDC blog to read recent updates and information about CLC and other DEPDC projects.

On behalf of all of the students at CLC, I would like to humbly thank you for your generous support. Your kind donations are proof in the belief that everyone – no matter their age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or skill level – has the right to learn, thrive, and grow!

Thank you so much,

Alinda Suya

Director of Projects, DEPDC/GMS.

Aug 13, 2013

Community Learning Centre Report August 2013

Intermediate English CLC making a farewell poster!
Intermediate English CLC making a farewell poster!

Thanks to the generosity and support of Global Giving participants, The Community Learning Centre (which runs under the instruction of DEPDC) has been going strong!  CLC provides free literacy and human rights education to up to 100 refugees, members of ethnic minority hill tribes, undocumented migrants, Buddhist monks and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border.

 

Many of these people are at significant risk of being trafficked into exploitative situations such as forced sex work or hard labour. Providing them with the opportunity for academic, vocational and human rights education significantly reduces this risk. CLC has been operating since 2005 and is showing no signs of slowing down!

 

The classes on offer at DEPDC differ from term to term. At this point in time, we have seven classes teaching Thai and English language at various levels. Classes are held in the evening so that students may attend after work or school. Adult students meet three evenings a week, young learners meet five evenings a week, and monks meet five evenings a week. CLC is open to anyone in the community and no one is ever turned away. Thanks to your generous support, CLC has continued to provide vital English and Thai language and literacy education to up to 100 members of the Mae Sai community.

 

In July, CLC was sad to have to wave goodbye to our international volunteer Sorcha, who was a big hit with the students. Taking over her position as the teacher of CLC’s Intermediate English class is one of our newest international volunteers, Erica from Ireland. Erica says of the CLC class “I’ve had so much fun teaching the students already, it’s such a great learning environment and a fantastic opportunity for members of a community in need.”

 

We invite you to visit the DEPDC blog to read recent updates and information about CLC and other DEPDC projects.

 

On behalf of all of the students at CLC, I would like to humbly thank you for your generous support. Your kind donations are proof in the belief that everyone – no matter their age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or skill level – has the right to learn, thrive, and grow!

 

Thank you so much,

Alinda Suya

Director of Projects, DEPDC/GMS.

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Organization

DEPDC

Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Project Leader

Alinda Suya

Director of Mae Sai Projects
Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Thailand

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Map of Literacy Training for an Ethnic Minority Community