Literacy Training for an Ethnic Minority Community

Apr 22, 2013

Happy Thai New Year from DEPDC!

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,

Alinda Suya

Director of Projects




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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