We are pleased to announce that our latest newsletter is now available!
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You can view or download the newsletter here: Newsletter – June 2013
Thank you so much for your continued support of DEPDC! Programs like the Community Learning Center would not be possible without your generosity and commitment to providing educational opportunities where they do not exist.
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The Community Learning Center (CLC) provides free language and literacy education to up to 100 community members in the Thai-Burma border region. Students include undocumented migrants, refugees, members of ethnic minority hill tribes, and Buddhist monks. Learning language and literacy gives these marginalized groups improved confidence, skill sets, and earning potential. It also increases their access to educational resources in the community outside of CLC. As a result, the program reduces their risk of being trafficked into the sex industry and other exploitative labor situations. On a practical level, learning Thai provides critical improvements to learners' daily lives and standard of living. It also empowers them to be active members of the community.
We are happy to announce the arrival of a new international volunteer, Sorcha from Ireland, who will teach intermediate English at CLC. Sorcha is thrilled to be joining the DEPDC family and the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation. Language is a potent tool for empowerment. Sorcha says, “I am so excited to be here and to have the chance to provide language education opportunities to a community in need. I can’t wait to meet all of the students.”
CLC’s course offerings change from term to term. Currently, 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 over 100 members of the Mae Sai community.
We invite you to visit the DEPDC blog to read recent updates and information about CLC and other DEPDC projects.
On behalf of the students at CLC, I humbly thank you for your kind support. Your donations proudly assert that everyone – no matter their age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, or skill level – has the right to learn, thrive, and grow!
Happy Thai New Year from all of us here at DEPDC!
Thank you so much,
Director of Projects
CLC provides free language and literacy education to up to 100 undocumented migrants, refugees and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. The acquisition of language and literacy skills boosts disenfranchised migrants’ confidence level, skill set, and earning potential. Consequently, it reduces their risk of being trafficked into exploitive labor situations and the sex industry. CLC is now in its seventh year of operation. At this time, CLC includes 7 classes consisting of different levels of Thai and English. Classes are held in the evenings as to allow young people and adults to attend after work or school.
CLC has been running regularly for the last few months with adult students meeting three evenings per week, young learners meeting five evenings per week, and adult monks and novice monks also meeting five evenings per week. Thanks to all of your generous assistance, CLC has continued to provide vital English and Thai language education support to over 100 members of the Mae Sai community including children, teenagers, and adults.
CLC classes are taught by both Thai staff and international volunteers, who stay with us for a minimum of 6 months. In September, our newest international volunteer – a young teacher from the United States – joined us and began teaching CLC’s Adult English classes as part of her volunteer duties in Mae Sai.
The most up to date news about activities at DEPDC can be found on our blog. Also look out for our upcoming January edition of our quarterly newsletter where you can read a first-hand account of working at DEPDC from our newest international volunteer as well as other updates from DEPDC.
On behalf of the students at CLC, I thank you humbly for your meaningful support. Your donations proudly assert that everyone has the right to learn in order to thrive and grow! Happy holidays from all of us here at DEPDC.
DEPDC Director of Projects
Since the end of April CLC has been up and running after the students took a two week break for Thai new years in April. We are getting in the middle of the rainy season now in Thailand so we have been getting some exiting rain storms and some cooler weather. Thanks to all of your generous assistance, CLC provided vital English and Thai language education support for over 100 members of the Mae Sai community including children, teenagers, adults as well as 65 adult monks and young novices.
DEPDC also hosts a number of volunteers, long term and short term. International Volunteers who stay with us a minimum of 6 months along with teachers from the Half Day School together teach 7 classes consisting of different levels of Thai or English. Between July and August DEPDC is also hosting three groups of short term volunteers from International Student Volunteers (ISV), each group volunteering with us for 10 days. Alongside their infrastructure project on site they have also been helping to teach English classes for CLC. We recently had a long term volunteer Angela; leave us to go back to the states to continue her studies. You can read about her experience at DEPDC and teaching CLC and the HDS here.
Our most up to date news about the activities at DEPDC can be found on our blog. At the end of June CLC students and other individuals in our various programs received an exciting gift from the UK registered charity Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) who runs the School in a Bag (SIAB) initiative, proving a wealth of school supplies to all of our students! To read a short story and see pictures please click here. Also look out for our upcoming August edition of our quarterly newsletter where you can read the full SIAB story and other updates from DEPDC. In the mean time you may be interested in our April newsletter.
CLC provides free literacy and human rights education to up to 200 undocumented migrants, refugees and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. Providing an opportunity for academic, vocational and human rights education significantly reduces migrant’s risk of being trafficked into exploitive labor situations and the sex industry. CLC has been operating since 2005. Classes are held in the evenings as to allow young people and adults to attend classes after work or for students to take these classes along their everyday studies.
On behalf of the students at CLC, I extend most sincere thanks for your support. From the special contributions of so many friends, we are demonstrating that everyone has the right to learn in order to thrive and grow!
School in a Bag blog
Angela’s volunteer experience
Happy Thai New Year from DEPDC’s Community Learning Centre in Mae Sai! In Thailand, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated every April, during the school summer break. The students are taking a two week well earned break and will start up again at the end of April. Thanks to all of your generous assistance, CLC provided vital English language education support for over 100 members of the Mae Sai community including children, teenagers, adults as well as 50 novice monks.
CLC provides free literacy and human rights education to up to 200 undocumented migrants, refugees and other community members living along the Thai-Burmese border. These migrants are at significant risk of being trafficked into an exploitative situation such as forced sex work or hard labour. Providing an opportunity of academic, vocational and human rights education significantly reduces this risk. CLC has been operating since 2005.
The students at CLC are split up in to 7 classes each learning a different level of Thai or English. The students are taught by International Volunteers and teachers from the Half Day School. English language classes also double up as an opportunity for students to critically think about important social issues such as poverty, statelessness, prejudice and discrimination. They also get to explore their opinions, hope and dreams through practicing their English language. Please read this student’s biggest dream, here.
CLC accommodates a wide age range of students from 6 years old to adults in their 40’s. Classes are held in the evenings as to allow young people and adults to attend classes after work or for students to take these classes along their everyday studies. Some adults and young people have not had the chance to attend school, basic or higher levels of education; CLC offers a cost free way of doing so. Due to socioeconomic problems faced by many of our students removing any financial restriction is important to granting access to learning opportunities.
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Director of Mae Sai Projects