Provide Education for 470 Burmese Migrant Children

by Foundation for Education and Development (GHRE)
May 19, 2014

End of School Year at One of Our Learning Centers

Health Education Training
Health Education Training

Dear Supporters,

The 2013-2014 academic year at our Khok Kloy Learning Center (one of our smaller learning centers) finished in the month of April and as the student prepare to start a new year in late May, we want to share some of our activities with all our supporters from Globalgiving.

The school currently has an enrollment of 42 students and daily average attendance is between 35-40 children ages 5 to 14.  The Learning Center has 2 paid teachers teaching kindergarten through the 3rd grade. There is a 6 subject curriculum including: Mathematics, English, Burmese, History, Science, and Geography. The children also receive regular training from the FED Health Team about healthy hygiene and nutritional habits to help avoid illness. The teachers also teach students basic traditional and cultural customs of both Myanmar and Thailand.

Please enjoy the following pictures and stories about Khok Kloy Learning Center students.

  • Nutrition Day Activity:  FED Education and Health Teams provided a nutrition day activity at the Khok Kloy learning center. The purpose of this activity was to teach the students how to enrich their diets by eating healthy, nutritional foods and avoiding unhealthy foods. Educating students on how to improve dieting habits will help kids avoid illnesses such as coughing, diarrhea, and malnutrition.
  • Student Exchange (ASEAN Nations Camp): The FED Education Team organized a Student Exchange ASEAN Nations Camp at the Unified Learning Center (ULC) for 85 students from all FED Education programs including students from the ULC, Muan Mit and Mulberry learning centers in Khuraburi, the Thai school integration program, and the Khok Kloy learning center. The purpose of the camp was to educate the students about ASEAN in preparation for the opening of ASEAN in 2015. Camp activities taught the students general knowledge about each ASEAN country through fun games, skits, music, and lessons. The camp also provided an opportunity for migrant students to meet and build friendships with children living in similar circumstances from communities all across Phang Nga province. 

Our Students:

My name is Thi Thi. I am 10 years old and I attend grade 1 at Khok Kloy LC. I was born in Dawei, Myanmar. My parents are currently working in the Khok Kloy rubber plantation. I like to study at school and I hope to one day be a teacher for children growing up in rural areas like me. I am trying my best to study hard and would like to get a higher education in the future. I try to inspire my friends to study at Khok Kloy learning center because I see our teachers are working so hard to improve our future. I want to thank my parents for encouraging us to go to school and especially our teachers who teach us tirelessly every day. I hope to continue my studies in grade 2 next year.

My name is Sint Nyo. I am 11 years old and am attending grade 3 at Khok Kloy LC. I was born in Koh Thaung, Myanmar. My parents are working in section 12 of the Khok Kloy rubber plantation. I like to sing and dance with my friends and I often do that in my classes as well. I am so happy to participate in student exchange activities and meet with my friends from other learning centers. Experiences like student exchange are big and exciting changes for us; being from tiny Khok Kloy learning center. If I did not go to school, I may not have such great opportunities. I do not know when or if my parents will go back to Burma, but my family is very poor and I do not think my parents could afford to send me to the school in Burma because enrollment costs are expensive. I want to say “thank you” to my parents and my teachers for supporting me.

Our Teachers:

My name is Nwal Ni Win and I am 35 years old. I completed high school in Myeik, Myanmar. I taught in Myeik from 2001 to 2008. After I got married, I followed my husband and family to Thailand. I used to work in the Khok Kloy rubber plantation with my husband until I was contacted by people in the community who informed me the local learning center was looking for a teacher. I think teaching is a challenging job because the students have many different behaviors, attitudes, interests, abilities and skills.

Their feelings are very sensitive and they need lots of encouragement from parents, the community, and
society. It is my pleasure to teach the children here, they are very innocent. They are like a white paper; we can draw or paint anything, any “color” on them. I want to see these children become the ray of hope in our world, especially for Myanmar. The new generation must become educated people to bring peace to our own people and the Thai community.

A Look Ahead at 2014 - 2015 School Year:
With your support, FED will continue to build on the success of the Khok Kloy LC in the upcoming year. FED hopes to add grade 4 courses to school curriculum in 2014 as well as hire a native Thai teacher to increase student Thai language skills, an invaluable asset for migrants living in Thailand. In addition, FED is currently working to improve transportation services for students at the learning center as currently there are many children who cannot come to school due to the lack of transportation.

Community Clean Up as part of Health Education
Community Clean Up as part of Health Education
Asean Camp
Asean Camp
Asean Summer Camp
Asean Summer Camp
Thi Thi
Thi Thi
Sint Nyo
Sint Nyo
Teacher Nwal Ni Win
Teacher Nwal Ni Win

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Foundation for Education and Development (GHRE)

Location: Takuapa, Phang Nga - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Mark Del Greco
Development Director
Phang Nga, Thailand

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