A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth

by DEPDC
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth
A Call to Action and Leadership for Myanmar Youth

The Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) was created as an expansion of DEPDC’s Mekong Youth Union (MYU).  SYSTERM is an extension of DEPDC’s core tenet: that education is the key to prevention.  Through educating our children in the Sub-Mekong Region we empower them with the agency to protect themselves from human trafficking.  The young adults we train return to their communities, establish initiatives, and share the knowledge they gained at DEPDC with their peers.  Every child reached through this ever-expanding network is better prepared to combat the issues they face.  This is how DEPDC, a small community-based organization, makes a large difference in the surrounding areas. 

This period, we wish we had more updates to share. Sadly, our SYSTERM program does not have the proper funding to move the program forward. It is with a sad heart that we announce the closing of SYSTERM at this time. We will continue to do everything we can to continue this program. In the meantime we ask that you help spread the word by sharing this update to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. It’s because of the strong support of our community that we believe SYSTERM’s mission will once again continue to be a thriving program. 

On behalf of all the SYSTERM alumni, staffs, and volunteers at DEPDC, we would like to say thank you to all our past, present and future donors for your generous support. People like you represent the necessary partnerships that keep our centre and programs flourishing. We are truly grateful.

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The Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) was created as an expansion of DEPDC’s Mekong Youth Union (MYU).  SYSTERM is an extension of DEPDC’s core tenet: that education is the key to prevention.  Through educating our children in the Sub-Mekong Region we empower them with the agency to protect themselves from human trafficking.  The young adults we train return to their communities, establish initiatives, and share the knowledge they gained at DEPDC with their peers.  Every child reached through this ever-expanding network is better prepared to combat the issues they face.  This is how DEPDC, a small community-based organization, makes a large difference in the surrounding areas. 

This period SYSTERM had a special activity that involved joining with students from Singapore to help translate for the HDS’ students. In addition to learning new skills, this activity created an opportunity for networking as well as forged new relationships with students from HDS and Singapore. They learnt a lot through the online study programs and had many great opportunities to stay engaged using Zoom for online activities. They were able to acquire the skills to use the online programs and this knowledge will serve them in other work that they do.

Some of SYSTERM’s graduates have had to change placement for work and get new jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an issue in many areas.

On behalf of all the SYSTERM alumni, staffs, and volunteers at DEPDC, we would like to say thank you to all our past, present and future donors for your generous support. People like you represent the necessary partnerships that keep our centre and programs flourishing. We are truly grateful.

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Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) is a project training Shan (Thai Yai) youth leaders from Thailand and Myanmar on safe migration. After the training these youth leaders return to their home regions being empowered to work with local organizations to providing education, trainings, and protection for their peers.

Lately the SYSTERM project had to struggle with problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The educational center has been put under curbs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and was forced to stop activities that would bring together groups of people. Furthermore, there ongoing hostilities between different groups in Myanmar caused an increase of refugees that try to reach a safe place to stay.

Two of youth leaders that recently finished their training received a scholarship to pursue further education at university level. Being able to go and study at a university in Wang Noi District of Ayutthaya Province. Another group of graduates was able to register with Distance Education Promotion and Development Center  in Mekong Sub-Region. All of them are studying for a primary school. Some of them have already finished their first term. For that reason the centre could announce to register additional students for this opportunity. Some other recently registers for the new term and could benefit from the orientation through their peers.

The SYSTERM project would like to thank all past, present, and future donors for opening this opportunity for this group of youth leaders. Thank you very much!

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The Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) was created as an expansion of DEPDC’s Mekong Youth Union (MYU).  SYSTERM is an extension of DEPDC’s core tenet: that education is the key to prevention.  Through educating our children in the Sub-Mekong Region we empower them with the agency to protect themselves from human trafficking.  The young adults we train return to their communities, establish initiatives, and share the knowledge they gained at DEPDC with their peers.  Every child reached through this ever-expanding network is better prepared to combat the issues they face.  This is how DEPDC, a small community-based organization, makes a large difference in the surrounding areas.

SYSTERM had seven members register for online education with Distance Education Promotion and Development Center. This program is through the Greater Mekong Sub-regional by Distance Education Institute and Development and Education Program for Daughters and Communities Center. The seven members took their online examinations with one of our other programs, MRICRH as MRICRH is the coordinator for DEPDC/GMS. 

The consequences of the Covid-19 global pandemic have affected many areas including the Shan State. Covid cases continue to rise and unfortunately we had two students who contracted the virus. They, along with their families, were quarantined at home. 

We are happy to report, though, that Kyout Mae has been able to continue computer training for the youth group. 

Our hearts are with all those that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a community based organization, we have directly felt the impact Covid-19 has had and hope that cases begin to decline so that we can continue to do this work and be of service to the communities we hold dear. 

On behalf of all the SYSTERM alumni, staffs, and volunteers at DEPDC, we would like to say thank you to all our past, present and future donors for your generous support. People like you represent the necessary partnerships that keep our centre and programs flourishing. We are truly grateful.

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The Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) was created as an expansion of DEPDC’s Mekong Youth Union (MYU).  SYSTERM is an extension of DEPDC’s core tenet: that education is the key to prevention.  Through educating our children in the Sub-Mekong Region we empower them with the agency to protect themselves from human trafficking.  The young adults we train return to their communities, establish initiatives, and share the knowledge they gained at DEPDC with their peers.  Every child reached through this ever-expanding network is better prepared to combat the issues they face.  This is how DEPDC, a small community-based organization, makes a large difference in the surrounding areas.

The consequences of the Covid-19 global pandemic have affected many of the programs here at DEPDC. A third wave of infections has spread quickly through the areas. Mae Sai has been in a red area for infection rates and most schools have remained closed. In Myanmar the infection rates have been decreasing. With the decrease, some areas have been able to reopen the schools and training for youth has resumed.

At Kyaukme they have started teaching again but at the moment it is just short term training in computers, fruit carving, and flower arrangement.

In Mong Yong, the school is still open. When Covid-19 hit, the town was closed and the people inside and outside of Mong Yong were not able to leave the area so the school remained open, and studies have been in place this last semester.

Our hearts are with all those that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a community based organization, we have directly felt the impact Covid-19 has had and hope that cases begin to decline so that we can continue to do this work and be of service to the communities we hold dear.

On behalf of all the SYSTERM alumni, staffs, and volunteers at DEPDC, we would like to say thank you to all our past, present and future donors for your generous support. People like you represent the necessary partnerships that keep our centre flourishing. We are truly grateful.

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Location: Mae Sai, Chiang Rai - Thailand
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Twitter: @DEPDCGMS
Project Leader:
Somporn Khempetch
Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Thailand

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