Burmese Community Celebrates the Opening of The United Learning Center in Khao Lak
Phang Nga Province, May 9, 2012: Over 350 people gathered today in Khao Lak to celebrate the opening of the United Learning Center - a center dedicated to educating the children of Burmese migrant workers here in Thailand. The school will serve the needs of over 300 children ages 3-17 with the goal of integrating them into the Thai community.
The United Learning Center is the vision of Mr. Htoo Chit, Executive Director of The Foundation for Education and Development (FED), a non profit organization created to serve the needs of the Burmese migrant community in the south of Thailand. In his speech to the assembled crowd of parents, students, donors, administrators and Thai community leaders, Mr. Htoo Chit thanked all those who had graciously given their time and resources to making the opening a success. “This is a proud day for the Burmese community, we are thankful to all of our donors, volunteers and community leaders. Our children now have teachers, classrooms, health care facilities, and playgrounds to help them grow and flourish.”
The ceremony featured prayer services and a blessing from the Khuk Khak Monastery monks, and student performances of traditional Burmese, Thai and Moken community dances. The building donor, Mr. Umeno, owner of a Japanese restaurant group Umenohana , addressed the children and urged them to ‘enjoy the school and work hard.” Mr. & Mrs. Umeno gave each child a box filled with new pencils to assist in their upcoming studies. Other majors donors include, the Annika Linden Foundation, Child’s Dream Foundation, Khao Lac Community Appeal, and Act Now Children’s Fund.
After speeches by Mr. Chit and the donors; the FED Board President, Ajan Kraisak Choonhavan, assembled the children on the stage to say thank you to the crowd in the three languages that they will study at the school, English, Thai and Burmese. Then in a typical and altogether appropriate fashion, the children dashed off to try out their new playground… a new school was officially opened.
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