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 under the Department of Adult Education (which later became the Department of Non-Formal Education), and from there providing 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), World Education shifted focus and has implemented projects in partnership with USAID and other donors to support refugee and migrant populations from Myanmar living along the border as well as ethnic minority populations within Southeast Myanmar since 1999. Projects along the border have focused on a diverse range of topics to provide refugees and migrants holistic support. These include establishing a comprehensive child protection system to respond to child abuse, exploitation, and neglect, as well as addressing the psychosocial needs of children affected by violence and the consequences of political unrest under the COPE and IMPACT projects.

These efforts tied into World Education’s larger goals of improving education opportunities along the border and within the camps through the development of curriculum and training ensuring students have access to quality education. Under the SHIELD project, World Education partnered with community-based organizations to provide targeted educational support via the development of educational materials and teacher training, while working with community-based organizations to create more sustainable and accessible education systems for those living both inside and outside of the camps. Building upon the success of the SHIELD project, World Education recently completed the six-year Project for Local Empowerment (PLE) which reached more than 200,000 learners, 7,000 teachers, and 19,000 parents and community members per year via targeted technical support to migrant learning centers, youth development programs, teacher training programs, parent teacher associations, and non-formal education systems.

Creating sustainable education systems and building capacity remains at the core of World Education’s work in Thailand, supporting a network of ethnic education partners to build their institutional capacity to properly manage funds, collect data, and communicate their impact. This capacity building has enabled local partners to advocate for issues important to ethnic education such as mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE), and to secure government and other donor support to ensure students have continued access to quality education.



Featured Projects

View details: Pathways to Accredited Centers of Education (PACE)

Pathways to Accredited Centers of Education (PACE)

The Pathways to Accredited Centers for Education (PACE) project worked with seven communities and over 500 parents to ensure that more than 1,000 migrant children could continue to access quality, recognized education in a safe environment.

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: 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.