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

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World Education has a long history in Thailand, first establishing offices 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. to implement assistance programs for refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who had entered Thailand and were being resettled in the U.S.

With the influx of over 1.4 million migrant and refugees arriving from Myanmar (formerly Burma) beginning in 1984, World Education shifted focus and since 1999 has implemented education projects in partnership with USAID and other private foundations to ensure refugee and migrant populations from Myanmar as well as ethnic populations within Southeast Myanmar have access to quality, recognized education. Early projects along the border focused on developing and implementing teacher training curricula and establishing a comprehensive child protection system to respond to child abuse, exploitation, and neglect, while address the psychosocial needs of children affected by violence and consequences of political unrest.

Between 2011 and 2017, World Education implemented the education component of the USAID-funded Project for Local Empowerment (PLE), working to improve education quality, recognition, and access in five provinces and seven refugee camps in Thailand and four states in Southeast Myanmar. Through PLE, World Education reached more than 200,000 learners, 7,000 teachers, and 19,000 parents and community members per year.

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.