World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Over 1.4 million displaced people from Myanmar (formerly called Burma) have been forced to leave their homes and live along the Thai-Burma border. Since 1999, World Education has been working with these refugees and displaced peoples in their communities to provide them access to quality education in Thailand through teacher training, providing nonformal education, curriculum support, higher education, and support for children with disabilities.

World Education has a long history in Thailand. We first established offices there in 1970 in the Department of Adult Education (which later became the Department of Nonformal Education), and from there provided technical assistance to implement several projects. In 1980, World Education joined with World Learning and Save the Children U.S. under “The Consortium,” which jointly implemented assistance programs for refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who had entered Thailand and were being resettled in the U.S.

In the early 1990s, after Thailand had signed the Education for All declaration, World Education was asked to assist in developing educational policy, draft the curriculum, and train teachers to work with migrant students from Myanmar.

In addition, we have worked to address the vulnerabilities that displaced children from Myanmar might be exposed to by establishing a comprehensive child protection system that gives equal emphasis to prevention of and response to child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. World Education also addresses the psychosocial needs of children who had been affected by violence and the societal consequences of political unrest. We believe that local organizations are best positioned to implement projects and effect change within their communities, so all projects are managed through partnering with local organizations.

Learn more at the World Education/Thailand website.


Featured Projects

View details: IMPACT - Improving Mechanisms for Partnership and Action for Children in Thailand

IMPACT - Improving Mechanisms for Partnership and Action for Children in Thailand

World Education is building a comprehensive child protection network, and developing a referral and case management system to protect migrant children from Burma who are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

View details: Creating Opportunities for Psychosocial Enhancement (COPE)

Creating Opportunities for Psychosocial Enhancement (COPE)

World Education worked with local school officials and other NGOs to ensure the education system for ethnic minorities and refugees inside Thailand addressed the psychosocial needs of children and youth who had been exposed to traumatic events in Burma.

View details: Project for Local Empowerment (PLE)

Project for Local Empowerment (PLE)

World Education, working with the International Rescue Committee, is bringing educational opportunities to the children of Burmese refugees who have been living in refugee camps along the Thailand border for a decade or more.


Featured Resources





View details: Learning to Read and Write on the Thai-Burma Border

Learning to Read and Write on the Thai-Burma Border

Most of the migrant population in Sam Yod Doi have lived in the village for more than ten years, but few of the children have attended school.