The growing construction sector in Thailand is bringing many migrant families from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. Children from these communities grow up in precarious and isolated construction areas with no access to education. Kids Home Foundation's Flying library brings reading sessions directly into these communities. Our library not only improves literacy and expands children's knowledge, but it also facilitates and encourages school registration playing a key role in children's development.
In Thailand, we estimate that over 60.000 migrant children followed their parents to live in slum-like conditions in construction areas. They are exposed to having their basic rights such as education disrespected. Communities lack books and written knowledge in their native languages impacting their identity. Books can change the way children envision their future providing basic educational tools that can enliven migrant communities encouraging self-expression, imagination and love of reading.
The Flying Library will visit 7 communities once a month delivering qualitative reading sessions to 500 children. Sessions will integrate reading aloud, games, activities and conversations around books, their characters and their content. We will integrate children of all ages and when possible involve parents and community leaders. The purpose of each session is to promote a child's right to develop their full cognitive and emotional potential through reading.
Over 500 children living in extremely precarious conditions will receive regular reading sessions. The Flying Library will have a critical impact on children's development improving and enhancing their knowledge, vocabulary, literacy skills, concentration, imagination and dreams. The improved reading skills and knowledge children will develop will facilitate children's integration in to school and improve their performance. The project will inspire and build better futures for migrant children.