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Project for Local Empowerment (PLE)

Dates: 2011-2017

Countries: Myanmar, Thailand

Client(s): USAID

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, implemented projects to increase access to and improve the quality of education for Burmese refugees and migrants in Thailand. World Education trained teachers and school administrators, and worked on the development of curriculum and teaching materials, special education, adult literacy and assisted 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 provided targeted education support to several Thai communities along the Thai-Burma border.

All work was carried out in cooperation with 11 local community-based organizations (CBO's) that work along the border and within Southeast Myanmar. World Education built capacity and provided organizational support to these local partners to deliver quality teacher training and develop standards; support interventions to keep kids in school; ensure migrant students have access to basic education whether through formal or non-formal sectors, deliver mother-tongue-based education, and strengthen parent teacher association systems, including cost share and income generation activities. Local partners received tailored support based on a needs assessment process, focusing on priority areas across seven domains to meet their specific organizational strengthening needs. The goal was 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.

Through the education component of PLE, World Education reached more than 200,000 learners, 7,000 teachers, and 19,000 parents and community members per year.


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