Countries: Myanmar, Thailand
Services: Assessment, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Teacher Training, Technical Assistance
Expertise: Life Skills Training, Youth, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Civil Society Development
Approximately 130,000 refugees from Burma live in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and well over 400,000 live unofficially in Thai communities along the border. Some of the refugees have lived along the border for a decade or more, and have seen whole generations of children grow in the camp environment. The refugees wish to educate their children in the camp setting, so that some day they may return to Burma and actively partake in its transformation. Unfortunately, their resources for education activities are extremely limited.
World Education, working with the International Rescue Committee and funded through a grant from USAID, initiates projects to increase access to and improve the quality of education for Burmese refugees and migrants in Thailand. World Education trains teachers and school administrators, and works on the development of curriculum and teaching materials, special education, adult literacy and assists with education focused community initiatives such as Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs).
To assist refugees and displaced people living outside refugee camps in Thai villages, and to the Thai villagers who host them, World Education also provides targeted education support to several Thai communities along the Thai-Burma border. All work is carried out in cooperation with community-based organizations (CBO's) working along the border to ensure sustainability and effectiveness of the training efforts, and to create a sustainable education system that can be quickly adapted when displaced families return to Burma.