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Title: Education of Burmese outside Burma
Description/subject: Includes education for refugees and migrants
Language: English
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2011

Individual Documents

Title: Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations - The Karen and the Gift of Education
Date of publication: 2016
Description/subject: "Ethnographic research in low-income countries provides the kind of detailed and thick descriptive data needed for understanding educational processes and the role of education for quasi-literate minority populations in agricultural economies. Education is essential to stabilizing the lives of young people embedded in shattering traditional cultures, struggling to transition and adapt to life and work in the contemporary globalized and market-driven world. Field research can shed light on fruitful paths created by enterprising individuals working together in teaching teams. Research can help connect the educational process and outcomes to meaningful human development goals and to career opportunities within the context of local economic expansions tied to world markets. The research reported in the following chapters on the Karen refugees of Burma—now Myanmar—by Dr. Pia Jolliffe thus offers especially rich, compelling and poignant substantive data on the concrete challenges and issues faced specifically by a small group of Karen youth—real human beings—whose lives and identities have been destabilized by conflict, violence, displacement and their refugee status..."
Author/creator: Pia Jolliffe
Language: English
Source/publisher: Palgrave Studies on Children and Development
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2017

Title: Educational Development In A Changing Burma: The Future Of Children Of Migrant Labourers Returning From Thailand To Burma
Date of publication: 26 July 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "This paper presents the findings of a research study that investigated the level of education that the children of labor migrants from Burma now living in Chiang Mai, Thailand can access to as well as looking at the possibility and different channels for their further education should their parents decide to return to Burma. The focus of the study concentrates on four different ethnic groups, Karen, Karenni, Palaung and Shan by looking at children from the age between 4-13 years old to identify factors that are involved when these migrant children move back to Burma. At the same time, for many children who spent most of their lives in Thailand, it is interesting to see the possibilities and challenges for them in relating to accessing to education since Burma is a new home for many of them. Therefore, it is also interesting to see how the Burma government as well as the Thai education system will respond to this issue of educational development in the changing economic and democratic processes of these countries.".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
Author/creator: Sutthida Keereepaibool
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
Format/size: pdf (18K)
Alternate URLs: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/Burma/home.php#
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2015

Title: Su Bote Chan New Year .wmv (video)
Date of publication: December 2010
Description/subject: "Su Bote Chan is a very different kind of school. You'll find it on the Thailand side of the Moei River that marks the border with Burma (Myanmar). About 5000 migrant workers eke out a living on this sliver of land, usually in local sweatshops and factories. For years, the children of Su Bote Chan had no school - not even a place where they could safely play. But in 2009 everything changed, thanks to the vision of local community workers, and a foreign journalist who raised funds by sharing the children's story with his friends across the world in Canada. The head teacher at Su Bote Chan School (a gifted Burmese musician) believes that learning can only happen when children feel happy and secure - especially children whose lives are filled with so many challenges. That's why music plays an important part in the school's curriculum, along with many other kinds of creative activities. Pupils also study Thai, Burmese, English and Karen, as well as basic mathematics and geography. But nobody can learn on an empty stomach, so the school provides pupils with a simple, nutritious lunch each day. For many, it's the only meal they can rely on. As Su Bote Chan School enters its third year, it's impossible to predict what the future holds. The world of migrant children is a fragile one: especially along the Thai-Burma border. In 2010 the school had to close for a few days because of armed conflict across the river in the Burmese town of Myawaddy. The conflict could flare up again at any time. But as the School welcomed "Happy New Year 2011", the sound of shelling was replaced by the popping of balloons. Parents, caregivers, children, teachers and friends sang together, and shared food. And everyone celebrated."
Language: English
Source/publisher: maesot11 via YouTube
Format/size: Adobe Flash (2 minutes, 26 seconds)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2011

Title: The New Blood School - Maesot Migrant Education (video)
Date of publication: 25 October 2008
Description/subject: "The New Blood Foundation has been established to raise awareness of the Burmese migrant/exile situation on the Thai/Burma Border, and to raise money to support this underfunded school."
Language: English
Source/publisher: 888nanwu via YouTube
Format/size: Adobe Flash (2 minutes, 19 seconds)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2011

Title: Top of Their Class
Date of publication: May 2005
Description/subject: Karen kids seek good education in refugee camp schools... "Students in developing countries often look to distant lands to fulfill their dreams of a good education and a brighter future. A growing number of young people in Burma’s Karen State, however, find that schools operating in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border offer them the best chance of achieving these goals. Noh Poe refugee camp in Thailand’s Tak province is one of them..."
Author/creator: Shah Paung
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 April 2006

Title: From the Street to School
Date of publication: October 2003
Description/subject: "A school in southern Thailand is improving the lives of underprivileged Burmese children, and a family from Rangoon..."
Author/creator: Shawn L. Nance/
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 8
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003

Title: Burmese Children in Thailand: Legal Aspects
Date of publication: December 2001
Description/subject: "People from Burma have become the major group of displaced persons in Thailand. Most of them are currently being sheltered along the Thai-Burma border, particularly in the Thai provinces of Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi and Ranong. It is estimated that there are some 40,000 children from Burma under the age of 15 accompanying their parents. In addition, thousands of unaccompanied children are driven across the border by the desperate circumstances in Burma. ..."
Author/creator: Nyo Nyo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Legal Issues on Burma Journal" No. 10 (Burma Lawyers' Council)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Mae Sot: Little Burma
Date of publication: May 1999
Description/subject: An international symposium on migration in Asia was recently held in Bangkok. Burma sent a delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister U Khin Maung Win. Independent analysts and NGOs estimate that there are one million Burmese illegally working and living in Thailand. However, Thai officials put the figure at 800,000.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 7. No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Lway Chee Sangar: Reclaiming Rights After a Childhood of Labor, Hardship, and Conflict
Description/subject: "“We had never heard about human rights in the village,” Lway Chee Sangar tells me at the Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) office in Mae Sot, Thailand. Sangar is 23 years old. The ethnic nationality group to which she belongs, called the Palaung or Ta’ang, has been caught in an armed struggle for self-determination against the brutal Burmese regime for the better part of the past five decades. Sangar began working with the PWO about three years ago when her parents, desperate to give her an opportunity to improve her life, sent her from their tiny, remote village in the northern Shan State of Burma to the PWO’s former training center in China. It took her a combined six months of training at the PWO to begin to grasp the idea that all humans have rights. Sangar’s story is speckled with brushes with conflict, starting from her birth. She was born on the run, when her parents had to flee their village due to an outbreak of fighting nearby. Today, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the armed wing of the Palaung State Liberation Front, is fighting off Burmese offensives and combatting opium cultivation in Palaung areas, according to their statement. Civilians are often caught in the cross-fire. Burmese forces have been known to use brutal tactics against civilians in conflict areas, including deadly forced portering and forced labor, torture, killing, and extortion of money, supplies, and drugs."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016

Title: PWO Part One: ‘It’s the women and children that are suffering’
Description/subject: "The northern Shan state, home to a majority of the Ta’ang people (referred to as ‘Palaung’ by others), is among the least accessible areas in Burma. These areas host some of the bloodiest conflict, the most poppy cultivation, extremely high rates of opium addiction, and crippling poverty. The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has developed an impressive range of programs to empower Palaung women and support and advocate for their communities in the war-torn, drug-ravaged areas in northern Burma–all while combatting gender-discrimination and an epidemic of domestic violence. Three Palaung women, De De, Lway Yu Ni, and Lway Chee Sangar, each from a different Palaung village, sat down with us to speak about their lives, their struggles, and the work of the PWO."...See the Alternate link for part 2.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalink.org/pwo-part-two-empowering-women-whilst-facing-conflict-poverty-opiate-epidem...
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016