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Education and training of migrants and refugees from Burma

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "BurmaNet News" Education archive
Language: English
Source/publisher: Various sources via "BurmaNet News"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 April 2012


Title: Burma - Migrant Education (GHAP program)
Description/subject: "With over 100,000 Burmese migrants living in Thailand, the educational needs of the community are significant. Since 2000, Planet Care/GHAP has supported Hsa Thoo Lei, a school and orphanage based in Mae Sot, Thailand. Hsa Thoo Lei began modestly in a small building with few resources and no salary for its teachers. Today, the facility includes a two-story school house and boarding home where 450 students from primary grades through high school receive their education. The boarding house cares for more than 150 migrant and orphaned children. In addition to teaching the prerequisites of the Thai educational system and Thai and English languages, Has Thoo Lei works to preserve the children's Burmese heritage by teaching traditional languages, arts and culture."
Language: English
Source/publisher: GHAP (Global Health Access Program)
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 20 December 2008


Title: Burma Study Abroad Website
Description/subject: "This site was developed by a group of people who would like to see more Burmese students obtain quality education abroad. This site was launched in March 2001 and this is free service. You are welcome to copy our information and share with as many people as you can. Whether you are currently in Burma/Myanmar or living abroad, we hope you will find this website useful."
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Volunteer Program
Description/subject: "The Burma Volunteer Program (BVP) was founded in Thailand in January 2001 to bridge the gap between pro-democratic Burmese organizations looking for assistance and volunteers wishing to donate time and skills toward the creation of a democratic and just Burma. Since then, BVP has placed more than 400 volunteers whose duties have ranged from teaching English communication and social sciences to report writing and human rights documentation. BVP consistently has volunteer requests from various civil society groups along the Thailand-Burma border. The minimum commitment for volunteers is 3 months, and volunteers are required to attend a 3-day orientation in Mae Sot before starting their placement. Volunteer positions are non-remunerated. However, accommodation, 2-3 meals per day and local transport (where applicable) are provided throughout the placement. Volunteers are responsible for their own airfare, health insurance, personal costs and incurred travel expenses."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Volunteer Program
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2011


Title: Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC)
Description/subject: "BMWEC is an umbrella organisation of 45 schools; 35 schools are located in Thailand for migrant children and 10 are in the IDP (Internally Displaced People) area inside Karen State. For the 2007-2008 school year we were able to provide 6221 children with schooling, from nursery to post ten programs. BMWEC is a Community Based Organisation working on the issue of Education for migrants children in the Northern Province of Tak in Thailand and in the IDP area (Internally Displaced People) within Burma. We work to help the communities of migrants fleeing from the dictatorship in Burma and its consequences. They flee political opression, economical disaster and more recently the devastation of cyclone Nargys and the deadly lack of reaction from the ruling military junta. They come from various groups, the Arakan, Karen, Shan, Mon and others from different states within the Union of Burma. These Burmese communities in Thailand are stateless, often unrecognised even as refugees. Like the people it tries to help, to date BMWEC itself remains an unregistered organisation, and so we ourselves are in a precarious situation in Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 December 2008


Title: Colabora Birmania
Description/subject: Colabora Birmania is made up of a group of Spanish people who previously worked as volunteers in Mae Sot, Thailand. During our time over there, we witnessed the injustices and suffering of the Burmese refugees and exiles. We decided to stay on a permanent basis and establish Colabora Birmania to aid these unfortunate people
Language: Espanol, Spanish, català , English
Source/publisher: Colabora Birmania
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 December 2009


Title: Education Burma
Description/subject: A well-organised website. Substantial content..... CONTENTS: Teacher Training... RWCT Workshops... RWCT Guidebooks... Migrants Learning Center... Children Learning Center... Year Report 2007... Education Papers... Edu and Demo – Eng... Edu and Demo - Bur... Presentation (video Eng)... Presentation (video Bur)... Funding... Who We Are... Photo Gallery.
Author/creator: Dr. Thein Lwin
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Education Burma
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 September 2010


Title: Help Without Frontiers
Description/subject: "Help without frontiers is a voluntary association. The objectives of the organization are to help the Burmese refugees. It was founded by some young and enthusiastic people who want to help, without geographic and also without mental frontiers. The primary objective of the organization is to alleviate the suffering of the Burmese refugees who have had to flee their homeland because of brutality and inhuman treatment carried out by the Burmese government. We are currently helping the refugees, mainly from the ethnic minority of the Karen, on the Thai-Burmese border near the city of Mae Sot which is located about 500km North West of Bangkok..."
Language: English, Deutsch, German, Italian, Italiano
Source/publisher: Help Without Frontiers
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2008


Title: Kick-Start ART
Description/subject: "Kick-Start Art is a non-profit community organization that provides art classes and creative platforms to migrant children along the Thai-Burmese (Myanmar) border. We also offer sustainable employment to local artists. Kids. Art. Jobs. There's a lot to love about Kick-Start ART. Check out the menu tabs for a summary of our activities and visit us on Facebook for more pictures and updates. - Happy Creating!..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kick-Start ART
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://msppa.org/
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2014


Title: Light School -- Mae Sot
Description/subject: School project for Burmese refugee kids in Thailand...Videos and several hundred photos of the Light School
Language: English, Deutsch, German
Source/publisher: Light School -- Mae Sot
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 16 January 2009


Title: Migrant children on the Burma-Thailand border - schools, orphanages
Description/subject: Link to the OBL Migrant section
Language: English
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 April 2012


Title: My Story Photo Project
Description/subject: Nathaniel and Susan Tileston worked as professional photographers in Chicago and New York for 20 + years before moving to Nova Scotia in 1982. There they ran a bed and breakfast for 16 years while Susan worked as the director of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council and Nathaniel continued doing assignments for several clients, including Parks Canada. If you’d like to read about the further adventures of Nathaniel and Susan, please click on the Brief History of the Tilestons’ page.
Language: English
Source/publisher: My Story Photo Project
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2014


Title: Peoples Partner for Development and Democracy
Description/subject: Includes details of the Light School -- Alternative Education (School for Children) and Community Development for Displaced Children and Migrants' Workers' Children along the Thai - Burma border in Mae Sot, Thailand, as well as an emerging project for an Alternative School for Children in China-Burma Border
Language: English
Source/publisher: Peoples Partner for Development and Democracy
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.myspace.com/peoplespartner
http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/518-international-solidarity-program/278507136817673af8dbb1c610e6e9...
Date of entry/update: 17 September 2010


Title: Prospect Burma - Keeping the Flame of Education Alive
Description/subject: AUNG SAN SUU KYI APPEALS FOR PROSPECT BURMA: "The future of my country lies in the hands of the younger generation. Under the present military government the whole educational system is neglected and higher education is virtually non-existent with the frequent closure and repressive control of the universities. Prospect Burma is a non-political charity which does its best to fill the gap. It funds scholarships for young Burmese, most of whom have been forced to look for their education abroad. It arranges training and educational courses in Thailand and elsewhere. I warmly commend it’s work to you, and hope that you might be able to offer it financial help." - Aung San Suu Kyi
Language: English
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Puzzlebox Art Studio
Description/subject: "The Puzzlebox Art Studio is a social enterprise created by Youth Connect. We are a mentorship program providing training and income generation for talented young adults in Mae Sot, Thailand, on the Thai-Burma border. Our mission is to encourage community integration through art whilst helping our young artists get on the path to independent employment..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Puzzlebox Art Studio/Youth Connect
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 January 2015


Title: SHIELD Project
Description/subject: Support to Health, Information, Education, and leadership in Policy Dialogue ...World Education Thailand works to support access to quality education for Burmese migrants, refugees, and displaced persons. Under the SHIELD project World Education Thailand works to develop capacity, provide resource support, and empower communities and their education systems. To carry out this strategy World Education Thailand: * Develops curricula and teaching materials. * Gives monetary and material support through emergency aid and sub-grants. * Trains teachers, school directors, community based organization staffs, and parents of school children. World Education Thailand works in the following provinces: * Mae Hong Son * Chiang Mai * Chiang Rai * Tak
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Education, Thailand
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 September 2010


Title: Social Action for Women (SAW)
Description/subject: Organization Profile: Social Action for Women (SAW) was founded in June 25, 2000 to assist displaced women from Burma who are in crisis situations after having fled to Mae Sod, Thailand. SAW is based in Mae Sod and was established to support women facing difficulties through the provision of shelter, health education, rights awareness, counseling, and vocational training for unskilled women. SAW has expanded its focus population to include caring for and educating orphaned children and children of migrant parents. In 2008, SAW was one of 25 organizations worldwide to receive the Red Ribbon Award from the UNDP for providing outstanding HIV prevention, treatment and education on a grassroots level.... SAW's Programs: Among the projects run by SAW, are the Safe House for abandoned babies, the Children's Crisis Center, the Women's Crisis Center, the Health Care House, which is a shelter for women living with HIV/AIDS, a Preschool and Middle School, the Reproductive Health Program and an Income Generation Program. In 2006, SAW started two new programs: the Women Talk Program and a Program against Gender-Based Violence..... Vision: By supporting vulnerable women and children, SAW hopes it will strengthen their abilities to face future challenges, minimize their risk of becoming involved in illicit activities and help them develop into healthy and productive members of society..... Objectives: 1. To assist Burmese women and children affected by displacement along the Thai-Burma border by providing support services in areas of health, education and safe housing 2. To provide counseling and training to helpless women and children 3. To promote health education among migrant workers..... To meet its goals, SAW is closely collaborating with Mae Tao Clinic, Mae Sod Hospital, UNHCR (Mae Sod), World Vision, RH Network (Mae Sod), Committee for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights, Burmese Worker Associations and other women organizations in Mae Sod.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Social Action for Women (SAW)
Format/size: html, jpeg, pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 February 2009


Title: Youth Connect
Description/subject: "The idea for Youth Connect was sparked in late 2007 after Patrick Kearns and a team of researchers investigated youth employment in Mae Sot. After conducting more than 380 interviews with employers, students, parents, school and government officials over the course of three months, the team came back with the following conclusions: * Businesses in Mae Sot needed more reliable, trained employees. * Youths in Mae Sot needed more opportunities for quality employment. * Youth did not have the skills or qualifications to access higher-quality jobs – especially basic math, Thai language and life skills. * There was a lack of decent jobs for youth in Mae Sot without these skill sets... Five months later, Patrick founded Youth Connect with funding from Child’s Dream. Using the findings from the research, Youth Connect moved forward with a mission to tackle each of these problems with a comprehensive new program. Transitions addresses all of these issues by serving as a bridge between the employers and youths, offering educational and vocational training opportunities. The Transitions program is a four-pronged approach, offering in-school training in math, Thai and life skills, 9-week intensive trainings leading up to 3-month apprenticeships, a career center and job opportunities. For more information about the program, visit our Transitions Program page... Since its inception, Youth Connect has seen remarkable growth in staff and clients served. In its first year, Youth Connect served 53 students; in its third, it served about 300. Youth Connect’s initial staff of 5 has quadrupled to 20 in three years, as well. Meet Youth Connect’s students and staff... Volunteers also serve Youth Connect’s students by offering administrative support, short courses and English classes. Join our team today!"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youth Connect
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 08 September 2011


Individual Documents

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: School of Shan State Nationalities Youth (SSSNY)
Date of publication: 21 September 2014
Description/subject: The School for Shan State Nationalities Youth (SSSNY) was formed by a group of youth from Shan State in May 2001, and provides a social justice education program for youth to take an active role in the movement for social and political change.
Language: English
Source/publisher: SSSNY
Format/size: Html (17kb)
Date of entry/update: 30 April 2008


Title: "Voice Up" Volume 1, August 2012
Date of publication: August 2012
Description/subject: "The newsletter focusing on current issues of empowerment, community participation, and advocacy for women and children from Burma."..... "Women narratives: the life of a refugee" - "The nine refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border are home to people displaced by war, economic hardship, and Burmese military assaults on ethnic areas. Many refugee women are burdened by difficulties, but still holding on to hope..." "Reports of child trafficking and abuse prompt educational workshop on the border"..."Support Women’s Capacity and Listen to Their Voices"..."Donor cuts nearly shut down middle school in refugee camp"..."Parents question strenuous student schedules"..."Mon language study only allowed on weekends in government schools"..."Women IDPs and refugees continue to face challenges to livelihood"..."First ever Women and Peace Workshop held in Mon State"..."Shin Saw Puu Association represents important step in women’s leadership and civil participation" - “This Association really encourages women to participate in leadership roles, and they inspire many women to get involved.”..."Young women leading community development projects"..."KWAT Demonstrates Persistent Abuses and Impunity in Kachin State"..."Child sufferers of dengue fever pack Moulmein hospital"..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Woman and Child Rights Project (WCRP)
Format/size: pdf (2.6MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2012


Title: Blackboard Memories - review by Jim Andrews of "The Shan: Refugees Without a Camp", by Bernice Koehler Johnson.
Date of publication: March 2010
Description/subject: A teacher finds fulfillment at a school for young Shan refugees... "Bernice Koehler Johnson discovered Burma and its problems late in life. The American teacher was nearly 70 when she applied for a job teaching Shan refugees in Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 3
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=17933
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2010


Title: Exploring Paradoxes around Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Situations The Case of Burmese Refugees in Thailand
Date of publication: 01 September 2009
Description/subject: Abstract: "This literature-based study explores three main paradoxes underlying Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Situations both theoretically as well as in relation to the case of Burmese refugees in Thailand. Firstly, the study will explore the paradox of basic relief for refugees on the one hand and developmental efforts for higher education on the other. Secondly, the issue of higher education and the nation-state will be addressed in relation to refugees’ perceived liminality in the national world order. The last paradox to resolve revolves around ways refugees are commonly perceived as victims of war and conflict who are unable to cope with the challenges of higher education. Following a rights-based approach and adopting post-structural theories, this dissertation demonstrates how dominant educational discourse emphasises externalities and thereby neglects the individual’s right to higher education from permeating into practice while powerful narratives of refugees as dependent victims have shaped reality in justifying mechanisms for international protection and incapacitating refugees. The study concludes that higher education could be both a means and an end to refugee empowerment."
Author/creator: Barbara Zeus
Language: English
Source/publisher: Institute of Education University of London
Format/size: pdf (1.46MB)
Date of entry/update: 31 July 2011


Title: Certifying Refugee Education: Problems faced by Burmese refugees in Thailand
Date of publication: September 2008
Description/subject: This paper will look at the concept of educational certificates for refugees, IDPs and migrants, the background of education certificates along the Thai-Burmese border; the political and social issues surrounding educational certification, and the strengths and limitations of current (unrecognised) certificates, as reported by refugees and migrants.
Author/creator: Olloriak Sawade
Language: English
Source/publisher: ZOA Refugee Care Thailand - Issue Paper No. 2 -- Series editor: Su-Ann Oh
Format/size: pdf (259K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.zoa.nl/worldwide
Date of entry/update: 16 January 2009


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: Training Days
Date of publication: April 2003
Description/subject: "The benefits of education are self-evident, but can Western-led training for Burmese and ethnic students overcome decades of cross-cultural mistrust?..."The subjects that we learn are good, but the teachers are not from our country and we don’t learn much about Burma,"..."
Author/creator: Naw Seng
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Training: For Whose Sake?
Date of publication: July 2001
Description/subject: "Over the past thirteen years, many Burmese exiles based in Thailand, India and other neighboring countries have received training in various fields. In most cases, trainers from Western countries have come to border areas to teach Burmese about political defiance, human rights, diplomacy, international law, health, women’s issues, environmental issues, and so on. Sometimes, exiles are sent abroad to receive training. Training is indeed helpful for Burmese who plan to one day return to their homeland and contribute their expertise to the development of a free and democratic Burma. It is a reasonable idea to encourage exiles, who are usually forced to remain within small, marginalized communities, to attend training programs where they can learn new ideas and share their views with others. As with all forms of assistance, however, it is worthwhile to occasionally examine the effectiveness of such programs, and to consider whether there have been any problems that need to be addressed..."
Author/creator: Editorial
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol 9. No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2008