Education
 Thailand
Project #15582

Educate 140 Refugees on The Thai-Burma Border

by The Branch Foundation
Vetted
Some of the younger residents of the camp
Some of the younger residents of the camp

The Branch Foundation team and the community members at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp would like to thank you once again for your contribution towards of this vital project.

Since we last updated you, we have continued to support the stipends of the camp's English and computer teachers and also the wages of the education coordinator whose role it is to ensure that the education project runs smoothly on a daily basis. These hard working members of the community dedicate their time so that the youth are provided with the opportunity to pursue further education in the future.

In the coming months, we will be focusing our attention on trying to raise enough funds so that we can fulfil our commitment of supporting local teacher wages until March 2018, at which point we hope that the community will have progressed to a point to which they are self-sufficient in terms of financial support towards this education programme. In order to help us achieve this, please consider donating again or sharing information about this project with your friends and family.

With Sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

A computer lesson in action
A computer lesson in action
An art class to get those creative juices flowing
An art class to get those creative juices flowing
Teachers learning new activities
Teachers learning new activities

Firstly, all of The Branch Foundation team would like to thank you for your generous donation towards this project. Without the help from people like you, we would not be able to support vital projects such as this. We always enjoy the opportunity to tell people how their donation has benefitted this small yet vibrant community and this report will be no exception.

Since our last report to you, we have been busy trying to ensure that the children and young adults at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp are able to reach their full educational potential. Two months ago, we provided all the students in the community with new English textbooks. Previously, all grades used the same grammar book however now they have access to 7 differently graded textbooks from the same series. Not only does this help the students follow a more comprehensive syllabus but the books also allow more activities and conversational training to be undertaken during class.

Just last week we conducted our 5th teacher-training workshop at the camp. In light of the students’ receiving new textbooks, we focused this session on how to make the most out of these new resources. The teachers were shown how to make appropriate lesson plans, learnt new classroom activities and practiced teaching using the new books. In our post-workshop assessment, the teachers gave us an average score of 8.5/10 just going to show how important these learning opportunities are. One teacher had the following to say:

"The skills and techniques I have learnt form this workshop are very valuable to me and I look forward to using what I learnt in my classes to help the children of my community"

Not only have we been focusing on improving the resources of which the students have access to and the overall quality of their lessons but we have continued to support teacher wages. These include 9 English language teachers, 1 computer teacher and 1 education coordinator.

I hope that in this report we have been able to illustrate to you just how valuable your support is. Please let your friends and family know how they can also help the youth of the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp realize their dreams through education by donating to this worthwhile cause.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Our 5th teacher training workshop at the camp
Our 5th teacher training workshop at the camp
The youth of the community learning I.T skills
The youth of the community learning I.T skills
Local monks learning English
Local monks learning English

Since our last report to you, there have been many developments in regards to this project. With the help of external evaluators and after many discussions with the community leaders, we have put in place new systems and practices to ensure the long-term sustainability of providing education to the youth of this vibrant community.

Previously, many of the English teachers at the camp were supported by another local organisation however due to funding restraints, they have been unable to continue to provide teacher wages. Understanding how important education is to this marginalised community, The Branch Foundation has offered step in and ensure that all nine English teachers are rewarded for their dedication and hard work. We have also continued our commitment of supporting the wages of the local computer teacher and education coordinator. Not only do we support wages within the camp but we also provide teacher training to ensure high levels of education are achieved, new teaching materials such as updated text books and the provision of native English speaking volunteers to help out during the classes.

As this project moves along, we hope to include more community contribution so that the residents of the camp have more ownership over the benefits that education can bring to the lives of youth whose families have fled violence and persecution in their homeland.

The teachers not only educate but also inspire. One young female English language student recently told us the following when we spoke to her during our last visit to the camp:

"Thank you for the support of my education. The classes have motivated me to become an English teacher in the future so that I can also help my community".

Now that we have grown the project to support more teachers, your support is even more important. Please consider setting up a regular donation or asking a friend or family member to do so in order for us to continue to provide wages to the local teachers of this inspirational community.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

A mother and her child at Koung Jor refugee camp
A mother and her child at Koung Jor refugee camp
The youth of the camp at the local Buddhist temple
The youth of the camp at the local Buddhist temple

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The camp headman teaching evening English class
The camp headman teaching evening English class

Over the past few months, The Branch Foundation staff and leaders from Koung Jor Shan refugee camp have been working hard to ensure continued and sustainable access to supplementary education for the children and young adults of this vibrant community. Every once and a while, it is good to take stock of the project as a whole and that's exactly what we have focused our efforts on.

With the help of external evaluators, we conducted interviews with the community leaders, teachers and students to help us understand what the current needs are and how best we can serve them. During this process, we learnt many things to help us improve the educational activities. For example, the Burmese language classes were not seeing the attendance levels that the community expected mainly because the students wanted to focus their attention on English. This means that we can redirect our support to the areas that the community and students feel is most vital for their education and future career paths.

There are many other things that we learnt from the assessment and we keen to work with the teachers and students of Koung Jor Shan refugee camp to refocus some areas of this project and to help implement systems that enable the long term sustainability of providing children and young adults with the opportunities to reach their full potential.

During the recent interviews, one 14-year-old female student told us the following:

"I can learn a lot in our camp. Classes in subjects such as English and Computer Studies are a big help for my future."

We look forward to keeping you up to date with all the exciting changes that will be happening over the next few months.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Iona & Tai Leng (the camp
Iona & Tai Leng (the camp's Education Coordinator)
Camp residents practising their English skills
Camp residents practising their English skills

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Teachers receive their certificates after training
Teachers receive their certificates after training

Firstly, The Branch Foundation team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season. December is a month when many people take time to reflect on what they have achieved over the last year, and we are no exception. With the help of your donations, we have managed to accomplish many of our goals in terms of providing education to those who would otherwise have little to no access to quality teaching. Your contributions have enabled us to implement 3 teacher training sessions in the refugee camp, buy educational materials such as grammar books and stationary, and pay the wages of 9 local teachers.

Tai Leng, our Education Coordinator who lives in Koung Jor refugee camp, recently updated me regarding the success of providing supplementary education in topics such as Information Technology:

"Students can apply the skills they learn from the classes. There are some students who come to learn computer every night and they are able to make presentations using Power Point, write homework assignment using Microsoft Word and edit videos by themselves. Therefore, we believe that computer class benefits to children in their further education and future professions."

The need for funding for educational opportunities such as these is ever present; therefore we would be extremely grateful if you would consider giving the gift of education this holiday season so that we can continue to enhance the future opportunities of such talented children and young adults. Please click the link below to find out how you can further support this project:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-140-refugees-on-the-thai-burma-border/

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation team

Some of the younger residents of the refugee camp
Some of the younger residents of the refugee camp
The teachers practice new activities
The teachers practice new activities
 

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The Branch Foundation

Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.thebranchfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Tom Rosen
Project Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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