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 Burmese children. 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.
Since our Learning Centers reopened both students and teachers alike have been busy bees, keeping themselves thoroughly occupied and entertained with a number of extra curricular activities. Here are a couple....
Currently in Unified Learning Center, we teach Burmese, English, Thai, Mathematics, Social Studies (history, Science, Geography) and Art for Burmese migrant students. We started the second chapter end test from 8th to 12th (Myanmar, Thai, English, Math, and Integrated) of October for 2012-2013 Academic Years.
The Nutrition program has been operating in the nursery to enrich the health and nutrition of the children.
The health education activities have been provided two days per month in the unified learning center for hygiene, self health guidance, and to educate on general knowledge about good health.
This period, one English speaking volunteer has been supporting English in Grade 4 to Grade 7 with pronunciation, phonetics, and conversation. In addition we have started the computer class for Grades 3 to 7 with the introduction of the computer to the Burmese migrant students. This is the first exposure to computers for most students except the chapter end test from October 8th to 12th. We taught a computer basics course, the typing method and plan to teach painting for the new students. For Grade 7, we taught the practical use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop CS2, basic internet and web development class.
Burmese language lessons for integration students began to support the development of the native language of Burmese children attending Thai schools, a Burmese teaching program has begun to be implemented. Burmese children studying at Parkweek and Khuk Khak Thai Schools have Burmese language class every Saturday at The Unified Learning Center.
- We celebrated the 67th Birthday of Aung San Su Kyi at unified learning center on 19th June with students, staff, Teachers and volunteers. On that day, the Education coordinator/ headmaster gave a speech about National League for Democracy leader and explained about the Noble Peace Prize, the sacrifice she has made for the Burmese people for human rights. Po Po explained about the biography of Aung San Su Kyi. After that we showed a short video about Aung San Suu Kyi delivering her Nobel Lecture on the 16th of June, 2012 in, Norway. Then, we also conducted questions and answers among the students about the Aung San Su Kyi biography and Noble Peace Prize.
- On July 18th, The Foundation for Education and Development (FED) hosted a signature cultural event at Unified Learning Center. Dr. Ashin Nyanissara gave the five precepts and preach for us on that day. After that we donated the food for lunch to the monks. The venerable Dr. Ashin Nyanissara, one of Burma’s most respected senior abbots, spoke to nearly one thousand people (including students) from migrant communities about respect for tradition, culture and Thai laws. Also known as Sitagu Sayadaw, the venerated monk said, “All migrants living and working in Thailand must respect the laws, rules and regulations of the Thai Royal government. We strive to live in harmony, regardless of our different nationalities or religious beliefs.”
- We celebrated the 65th Anniversary of Burma’s Martyr Day at unified learning center on 19th July with students and Teachers. On that day, the Education coordinator/headmaster gave a speech about several of Burma’s independence leaders were gunned down by a group of armed men in uniform while they were holding a cabinet meeting at the Ministers’ Building/Secretariat in downtown Yangon. The assassinations were planned by a rival political group, and the leader and alleged master-mind of that group Galon U Saw. Ms Sein Aye explained about the biography of General Aung San. Then, we also conducted questions and answers among the students about the Burma’s Martyr Day and their history.
- August 12th is a very special day for the people of Thailand, as it is the birthday of their beloved queen, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. In commemoration of Her Majesty, this day is also recognized as National Mother's Day. Her Majesty, together His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej, command the love, reverence and loyal among all Thai people. On that day, we also invited the student’s parents (only mother) to celebrate the Mother’s Day at the Unified Learning Center with the students. Our students make merit in the morning and then they sing the songs in praise of her.
- On August 25th, we had meetings with students’ parents to talk about their children’s learning situation. According the parents meeting, to improve their children’s education for the long term, funding is needed by the help of students’ parents. The teachers and education staff shared education-related information for 2012-2013 Academic Years. On that day, we established a teacher parents association for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.
- On October 16th to 19th, 20 student’s and 3 teachers from the American school of The Hague visited Youth Outreach and Kuraburi Nursery for one week. They did learning and cultural activities and shared their experiences with youth outreach students at Unified Learning Center. They also did activities with nursery students and gave clothing for nursery. On October 18th, they divided into four groups and visited to the Youth Outreach student home in the afternoon because they wanted to know how Burmese migrants status in their work site.
- The Education department organized teacher training from 17th to 22nd October for all teachers at unified learning center. At this training we discussed child-centered teaching methods, teachers sector, and classrooms management and reviewed their methods of teaching in 2012-2013 Academic Years. On this training, we focused on RWCT (Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking) and ERR teaching methods among our teachers for them.