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Education in Karen (Kayin) State

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Title: Burma Education Partnership
Description/subject: The Burma Education Partnership [BEP] developed from the Karen Education Partnership was which was set up in 2002 and worked with the displaced Karen people of Burma. The Karen people were staunch allies of the British during World War Two. They are now suffering from the effects of many years of oppression and brutality.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Education Project
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2010


Title: Drum Publications
Description/subject: "The Drum Publication Group was founded in May 1998. The goal of the Drum Publication Group is to promote literature in both Karen and Burmese languages with the overall objectives of developing education for Burmese people wherever they might reside. The Group wishes to establish contact with as many other groups and individuals as possible who are involved in literature and education, and to be involved in all aspects of literacy development and the ensuing work of printing suitable books and teaching aids. As well as translation and typesetting we would like to assist those NGOs involve in education work at all stages. Participation in planning sessions and workshops would be welcomed and would, we feel, increase our capacity to play a useful role in this regard. The Group will promote, through its own practice, transparency and accountability, in all dealings. The Group is not affiliated with any political organization and stands for racial and sexual equality. The Drum Group's focus is on: * Writing and printing educational books. * Producing teaching aids and extra-curricula materials. * Translation of texts, to and from, both Sgaw Karen and Burmese languages - especially those relevant to education. * Establishing a library and documentation centre to preserve valuable books and documents. * Assisting the printing of educational material in Pwo Karen, Shan, Mon and other ethnic languages. A catalogue of our publications is available on this web site. Publications are distributed at cost price, or less, to groups and individuals involved in formal or non-formal education or training. Those ordering large numbers of books as well as overseas institutes are requested to pay the full cost of the order plus postage costs... Downloadable books: * English - Sgaw Karen Student Dictionary (PDF version which can be used off line) * Days Not to be Forgotten : (Sgaw Karen), Karen veterans of WWII share their experiences * Echos from Karen Land: (Sgaw Karen) * Little Authors' Imaginative World: (Sgaw Karen) * * Lilly and Pa Saw Htee's Amazing Earth and the Universe Facts: (Sgaw Karen / English) * Lilly and Pa Saw Htee's Amazing Animal Facts: (Sgaw Karen / English) * Ethnic Folktakes of Burma : (Sgaw Karen) * Hta for Children : (Sgaw Karen) * A Holiday I Will Never Forget (a choose your our adventure story) : (Sgaw Karen) * Brain Sharpeners : math puzzles (Sgaw Karen) * Traditional Karen Dress : (Sgaw Karen) Drum's quarterly fun newsletter for kids! * * Drum Kids Newsletter, July 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, April 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, Jan. 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, Oct. 2005:(Sgaw Karen)
Language: English, Sgaw Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Drum Publication Group
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 September 2006


Title: Karen Education Department
Description/subject: "The Karen Education Department is the governing body that oversees the standardization, structuring and monitoring of the educational activities for the Karen people inside Burma. In collaboration with its strategic partners and stakeholders it is engaged in further developing the delivery of education in ethnic areas in response to the absence of formal education in these areas. They organize curriculum, trainings and support for schools at all levels. Since 2000, our schools and programs in 24 townships inside Eastern Burma and 7 refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border have seen over 350,000 students, distributed more than 2,000,000 kg in school supplies, and trained over 8,100 education professionals."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Education Department
Alternate URLs: http://www.kareneducation.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Education-Department-260810940628112/
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2014


Title: Karen State Education Assistance Group
Description/subject: "The Karen State Education Assistance Group supports the 3,981 teachers and 83,920 students working and studying in the 1,049 Karen primary and secondary schools throughout Karen State, Burma. Schools have historically been organised and supported by local communities themselves under the administrative supervision of the Karen Education Department. However, acute poverty, lack of food, poor health and displacement due to Burmese military aggression has meant that school running costs have become too great a burden on communities and parents. Teachers explain that communities' inability to provide them foods or basic subsidies is the main reason for attrition - 37% of teachers annually in 2002 but the rate has dropped significantly since the beginning of education assistance, to 17% this year. As such, the central problem being addressed by this project is the lack of teacher subsidies, school and student materials and basic student health provisions and how this negatively affects primary and secondary education throughout Karen State, Burma. Planet Wheeler Foundation supports KSEAG in their education assistance program for the Karen people."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Planet Wheeler Foundation
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2014


Title: Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG)
Description/subject: "The Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) was organized in 1997 in response to the needs of Karen teachers working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border and in the Karen-controlled areas of Karen State, Burma. We are a local Karen non-governmental organization (NGO) with no parent organization and our structure reflects our commitment to maximizing community participation in and ownership of all our programs. The KTWG currently has 68 full-time members. Our members come from the communities in which we are involved. We provide culturally-based and situationally relevant programs in Karen to ensure that local needs find local solutions. Our main goal is to equip teachers with skills which enable them to respond to the everchanging needs of our youth and our People. We advocate active student-centered classrooms which encourage problem solving, creativity and critical thinking. These are the skills that will enable us to build our future."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Results of a Google Search for "Education in Karen State"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2014


Individual Documents

Title: Thaton Situation Update: Bilin Township, October 2015
Date of publication: 25 February 2016
Description/subject: "This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District in October 2015, including updates on the 2015 general election, education, and development projects. - Villages under the administration of the Burma/Myanmar government are able to vote in the 2015 general election. However, villages located in Karen National Union (KNU) controlled areas have not been adequately informed ahead of the election. - Local Karen teachers selected to teach in villages have had to resign after Burma/Myanmar government teachers were sent to teach in Bilin Township, sparking concerns that Karen language education will be given less attention and taught outside of school hours. - Heavy rain and floods damaged paddies, and, combined with an increase in the paddy price, caused livelihood concerns among some villagers. - The main roads that have been under construction in Bilin Township since 2013 will be completed during 2016. Although useful for the villagers, the road construction has caused problems for some villagers whose lands have been damaged..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (502K)
Alternate URLs: http://khrg.org/2016/02/15-100-s1/thaton-situation-update-bilin-township-october-2015
Date of entry/update: 10 April 2016


Title: Toungoo Field Report: December 2013 to December 2014
Date of publication: 25 February 2016
Description/subject: "This Field Report describes events occurring in Toungoo District between December 2013 and December 2014. During this period, KHRG mainly received reports from Thandaunggyi Township and surrounding areas. The report includes information submitted by KHRG community members on a range of human rights abuses and issues of importance to local communities including land confiscation, militarisation, fighting between armed groups, commercial activity carried out by military actors, violent abuse, access to education, access to healthcare, and development projects. • There have been ongoing cases of land confiscation at the hands of the Tatmadaw, for the purpose of building Burma/Myanmar government offices, establishing military target practice areas and increasingly, for plantations, commercial projects, and sale to private companies. • Militarisation in Toungoo District has continued, despite the 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma/Myanmar government, with the Tatmadaw rotating troops and replenishing their rations and ammunitions at camps in remote areas. • A local militia, the Thandaung Special Region Peace Group, have been engaged in several commercial activities, including running gambling areas, logging, and stone mining, in order to raise funds to support their operations. All of these activities have had a disruptive effect on villagers, in particular the school students. • The Burma/Myanmar government has invested in providing financial support for school students in standards one to four in Toungoo District, however this has not always been effective as in some cases the money does not reach the students. • There continues to be a lack of access to adequate healthcare in Toungoo District; the Burma/Myanmar government has only built clinics in the village tracts close to main roads, there is a shortage of properly trained healthcare workers and in the case of villagers with lower incomes, treatment is often too expensive. • Between April and June 2014 there was a meeting that was headed by the Mya Sein Yaung company, with representatives from ten villages, on the subject of the company’s Reducing Poverty project being implemented in Thandaunggyi Township."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (382K-reduced version; 658K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2016-02-25-Taungoo_Field_Report-red.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 February 2016


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: Conflict Sensitivity in Education Provision in Karen State
Date of publication: December 2015
Description/subject: "Education is intimately linked with the concept of identity and plays a key role in any nation-building process. In countries recovering from violent ethno-political conflicts, education can positively contribute to peace-building efforts, but it can also negatively affect peace, when it interacts with the conflict dynamics. Language of instruction, cultural relevance of the curriculum, teaching methods, teacher recruitment and placement - all play a role in how effectively education can contribute to peace-building. Overall, community acceptance of the education system is key to ensuring its conflict sensitivity. The Myanmar situation is particularly complex, as the government is not the only actor in education provision, with different schools widely present in the country, due to the long history of civil war. In Karen State, education services are delivered by ethnic armed groups, religious organizations, communities, as well as refugee camps and migrants schools along the Thai- Myanmar border. Successive Myanmar governments have focused their nationbuilding efforts on the culture of the dominant Burman Buddhist majority. In a country, with some 135 minority groups, this approach was often perceived as an attempt of forced assimilation of ethnic minorities into the majority culture. As part of their self-determination struggle, ethnic armed opposition groups developed and maintained their own education systems, which they perceived as key to preserving their group’s cultural identity. The KNU, the main Karen ethnic armed group, established the Karen Education Department (KED) to oversee education provision. The KED currently provides support to 1,430 schools, paying stipends to almost 7,911 teachers in areas under full or partial administration of Karen armed opposition groups. However, only one third of schools receiving KED support fall under its full administration, with the majority being mixed or government schools..."..... Contents: Acronyms and Glossary... Executive Summary... 1. Introduction: Defining Conflict Sensitivity in Education... 2. Objectives and Methodology... 3. Background: Conflict and Education in Myanmar: Origins of conflict in Myanmar; Conflict, identity and education ; Present situation... 4. Karen State: Socio-Political Context and Local Governance Structures... 5. Education Providers and Systems in Karen State: Typology of providers and administration; Myanmar government schools; Karen education system (KED); Community-based education and mixed schools; Faith-based education providers; Border-based education providers; Concluding remarks... 6. Expansion of Government Education Services in Karen State: Communities lose ownership of schools; Local teachers replaced by government teachers; Lack of consultation with local stakeholders; Teachers’ difficulty to integrate into the local context; Concerns about the quality of education; Communities have to contribute to teachers’ expenses; Concerns over expansion of government control in contested areas; Analysis: how do local stakeholders react to government expansion?... 7. Education Provision Outside of the Government System... Case Studies: 1. Taw Naw High School; 2. War Ler Mu School; 3. K’Paw Htaw High School; 4. Hto Lwi Wah High School; 5. Government Schools in Myang Gyi Ngu.. 8. Relevant Initiatives and Steps Forward... 9. Recommendations.
Author/creator: Polina Lenkova
Language: English
Source/publisher: Thabyay Education Foundation
Format/size: pdf (1MB-reduced version; 5.4MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.thabyay.org/uploads/2/6/7/4/26749033/cs_ed_prov_karen.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 January 2016


Title: Hpapun Situation Update: Bu Tho Township, November 2014 to January 2015
Date of publication: 21 October 2015
Description/subject: "This Situation Update describes events and issues occurring in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District during the period between November 2014 to January 2015, including illegal logging, punishment, education, and livelihoods... In C--- village, Pa Heh village tract, primary school students who did not pass the examinations were punished by their teacher who made them sit down and stand up 500 to 1,000 times... Karen National Union (KNU) soldiers arrested two people found on a bamboo raft carrying logs which had been cut down on November 3rd 2014... Saw A---, the representative of the Karen Office of Relief and Development (KORD), came to hold a meeting in B--- IDP camp regarding cuts to rations and how internally displaced persons (IDPs) can earn their livelihoods in the future."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (198K-reduced version; 213K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-16-s1.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2015-10-21-Hpapun_Situation_Update-Bu_Tho_Township_November...
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2015


Title: Toungoo Interview: Naw A---January 2015
Date of publication: 15 October 2015
Description/subject: "This Interview, with Naw A---, describes events and issues occurring in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District, reported to KHRG in January 2015, including land confiscation, education, healthcare, and development projects... Villagers heard that a company is coming to the area to implement a development project for which they will confiscate land in B--- village, as well as in nearby villages. The villagers submitted a complaint letter to the township administrators stating their objection to the project, as they were afraid that their lands for which they do not have land grants will be confiscated... Students are receiving a poor education as school teachers are often absent, as they frequently leave the village to visit their homes, which can take up to two weeks per trip. Further to this, some of them have expressed that they do not want to teach at all... As there is no health clinic in B--- village, villagers must travel to Toungoo Town for medicine or treatment whenever they are sick."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (165K)
Alternate URLs: http://khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-14-a4-i1_0.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2015-10-15-Toungoo_Interview-Naw_A-January-2015-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 October 2015


Title: Toungoo Interview: Naw A---, January 2015
Date of publication: 17 August 2015
Description/subject: "This Interview with Naw A--- describes events and issues occurring in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District, during January 2015, including land confiscation, development projects, healthcare and education... Villagers are concerned about land confiscation for an industrial zone planned nearby Toungoo Town and have sent complaint letters to the Burma/Myanmar government requesting that they terminate the company’s development projects... Naw A--- mentioned that students have failed examinations due to old teachers being replaced with new, younger teachers. The children do not fully understand school lessons due to the low standard of teaching by the new teachers... Naw A--- stated that there is a group from a neighbouring village that provides medical care and medicines to the villagers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (267K-reduced version; 398K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-14-a6-i1.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2015-08-17-Toungoo_Interview-Naw_A---January_2015-en-red.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 September 2015


Title: Dooplaya Situation Update: Kyainseikgyi, Kawkareik and Kyonedoe townships, January to February 2015
Date of publication: 14 August 2015
Description/subject: "This Situation Update describes events and issues occurring in Kyainseikgyi, Kawkareik and Kyonedoe townships, Dooplaya District during the period between January and February 2015, including fighting between armed groups and updates on education and healthcare... On February 27th 2015, fighting broke out between the Tatmadaw and the Border Guard Force (BGF) against General San Aung's group from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA). It resulted in the deaths of four soldiers, including one soldier from the Tatmadaw, two from the BGF, and one from the DKBA... Villages in Kyainseikgyi Township report needing Karen language textbooks in order to teach their students properly... Local shopkeepers are owed money by road constructors from the Burma/Myanmar government who borrowed money from them during the construction process and have not repaid their debt..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (260K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-38-s3.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2015-08-14-Dooplaya_Situation_Update-Kyainseikgyi-Kawkareik...
Date of entry/update: 16 September 2015


Title: If I Really Try Hard Nothing Is Impossible: From Collecting Recyclables to Higher Education
Date of publication: 15 December 2014
Description/subject: "Naw Eh is an incredibly determined 20-year-old Karen woman whose perseverance, motivation and hopeful spirit have taken her far beyond what she ever could have imagined as a child. Growing up as an undocumented migrant under extreme poverty and lack of opportunity, unlike many others in Thailand young Naw Eh had no chance to go to school. Instead, she spent her mornings selling snacks to school children, before starting her daily round of looking after the household and collecting recyclables on the streets. Naw Eh was 12 years old when she finally had the opportunity to go to school. From childhood of labour, desperation and rejection by other children, Naw Eh’s determination has, incredibly, led her to study for an internationally recognised GED diploma on the Thailand-Burma border. This is her account on how education, trying incredibly hard, and never giving up, has changed her life and led her towards light and new opportunities."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016


Title: ‘They Know Nothing About Ethnic Education’
Date of publication: 23 September 2014
Description/subject: "MAE SOT, Thailand — During decades of civil war against the government, ethnic groups in Burma didn’t just build armies; they also built education systems, which today continue to operate schools that focus on ethnic histories, languages and cultures. One of the most developed of these systems is in Karen State, where the Karen Education Department (KED) operates more than 1,200 schools. During a recent visit to Mae Sot, a Thai town near the border with Karen State, KED secretary Saw Law Eh Moo told The Irrawaddy what it was like to run schools in a war zone and how things have changed—or not—since a ceasefire deal was signed in 2012."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link via "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2016


Title: Karen Sign Language (KSL) Volumes 1 to 7 (Video)
Date of publication: 13 May 2014
Description/subject: "The Karen Women’s Organization’s Special Education Project works to positively impact the lives of children with special needs and advocate on their behalf to achieve basic rights. One way KWO’s SE Project is working towards this goal is through the creation of the Karen Sign Language (KSL). There are currently 7 volumes of KSL. Volumes 1 -5 were produced by World Education. World Education then handed over the SE project to KWO in 2007. KWO has now produced volumes 6 and 7 of KSL through a collaborative effort of KWO SE project staff, former deaf students, SE teachers and trainers"...
Language: Karen and English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Karen Women Organization Special Education Program – Hard at Work
Date of publication: 19 November 2013
Description/subject: "In August 2013 we conducted a one week basic Montessori Training workshop for Special Education and Nursery School Project senior staff and trainer. The training covered the Montessori method and principles. During the workshop participants also went to a Thai private primary school (Tan Tip) and The Christian Center for the Development of People with Disabilities"...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Attacks on Health and Education: Trends and incidents from eastern Burma, 2010-2011
Date of publication: 06 December 2011
Description/subject: "This report presents primary evidence of attacks on education and health in eastern Burma collected by KHRG during the period February 2010 to May 2011. Section I of this report details KHRG research methodology; Section II analyses general trends in armed conflict and details a loose typology of attacks identified during the reporting period. Section III applies this typology to 16 particularly illustrative incidents, and analyses them in light of relevant international humanitarian law and UN Security Council resolutions 1612, 1882 and 1998. These incidents were selected from a database detailing 59 attacks on civilians documented by KHRG between February 2010 and May 2011."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html. pdf (166K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/2011/12/khrg1105/attacks-health-and-education-trends-and-incidents-eastern-burm...
Date of entry/update: 19 January 2012


Title: Definitional ambiguity and UNSCR 1998: Impeding UN-led responses to attacks on health and education in eastern Burma
Date of publication: 06 December 2011
Description/subject: "This paper highlights impediments to effective international responses to attacks on health and education in eastern Burma presented by lack of clarity regarding the meaning of “attacks” within the monitoring and reporting framework established by UN Security Council resolutions 1612 and 1998. In order to address this definitional ambiguity and enable recent developments in the UN Security Council to potentially provide support to communities facing attacks in eastern Burma, this paper argues for interpreting “attacks” in a fashion that is consistent with applicable international humanitarian law. The analysis below concludes that UN-led monitoring, reporting and response pursuant to UNSCRs 1612 and 1998 should include acts by parties to armed conflict that both: a) violate relevant international law; and b) attack or threaten to attack personnel related to schools or medical facilities and/ or destroy, damage or force the closure of a school or medical facility."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (62K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/khrg11w1.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/KHRG/KHRG%202011/KHRG-2011-12-06-Definitional_ambiguity_UNSCR_1998_Impe...
Date of entry/update: 18 January 2012


Title: Mother Tongue Advocacy Group Launched – MINE (Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education)
Date of publication: 21 February 2010
Description/subject: "“Its MINE”: Indigenous groups claim their rights through new network for education in Myanmar. The Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) was launched on Friday 21st February, International Mother language day. An ethnic education seminar hosted by the Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) from 12 – 14 February led to the creation of MINE. The seminar was facilitated by Dr Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne and a consultant and expert in Language and Peace building"...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (15.78KB)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Schools of Hard Knocks
Date of publication: January 2004
Description/subject: "Ceasefire negotitations between Karen insurgents and Burma’s ruling military junta may or may not make learning in Karen State any easier. But Karen teachers are determined that their pupils will learn..."
Author/creator: Karin Kaasik and Saw Eh Thaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 March 2004


Title: Glossary of Science Terms
Description/subject: "This is a draft of suggested translations of English science terms to be used in developing Karen language science curriculum. It's just a draft but could be helpful."
Language: Karen (ကရင္ဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Drum Publication Group
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.drumpublications.org/download.php
Date of entry/update: 24 September 2015


Title: Karen Human Rights Group -Search results for "Education"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Karen State Education (Video)
Description/subject: The video, in English subtitles, shows and explains Karen schools in remote villages and areas in detail. Very good documentary for anyone trying to understand the lives of Karens and education in Karen state.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen State Education Assistance Group
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2014


Title: Karen Women Organization Begins Work on New Training Center in Karen State
Description/subject: "...The aim is to build a training centre for Karen women from Burma. But the aim goes way beyond that since Karen women will be building their very own adobe building for their own training centre and at the same time learning the skills to go on to build with adobe in their own communities."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Karen Women Organization Education Program
Description/subject: "The KWO Education Program aims to ensure that all sectors of the community are given equal access to education, and addresses the needs primarily of women and girls, many of whom have not been able to access formal education before. This provides them with opportunities for development and empowerment, leading to greater participation in the decision-making areas of their community."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Literacy and Non-Formal Education
Description/subject: "Our goal is to eliminate illiteracy in the Karen people, so as to give them independence, enable them to help their families, and encourage them to become more involved with community affairs. The Literacy and Non-Formal Education project was established in 2001 to provide opportunities for illiterate people in the camps to learn to read and write. The classes are offered to both men and women, but our focus has always been on women."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Nursery Schools
Description/subject: "KWO runs nursery schools in all 7 Karen refugee camps, for pre-school age children in the refugee camps, in IDP camps and in IDP areas to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of young refugee and displaced children, to foster early childhood development and to prepare children for entering primary school."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Special Education
Description/subject: "KWO seeks to achieve the basic rights of all children and youth living with disabilities in Karen refugee camps and enable them to take part in community life, KWO supports children and youth with disabilities and their families, expands the care and educational services available to them and attempts to strengthen community awareness and acceptance. KWO started the Special Education (SE) Project in 2003. It now runs in all 7 Karen refugee camps. This project directly benefits some of the most vulnerable members of the community, assists disabled children’s educational and personal needs, and raises awareness about the rights of children with disabilities."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


Title: Young Women’s Leadership School
Description/subject: "KWO established the KYWLS in 2001. KYWLS targets young women who are interested in working for organizations, especially the KWO, in their communities to provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to do so. The KYWLS has helped to educate women to fill the gaps left in many organizations as a result of resettlement to third countries."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Women Organization (KWO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014