Education Support for Shan youth

Education Support for Shan youth

Project Details

Project:Supplementary scholarships for Shan youth
Location:Piang Luang,
Sponsorship Started:2012
Duration:July 2019 - Dec 2020
Budget: €510 ($575)
Total Beneficiaries:5
 students

Summary

Since 2002 a growing number of Shan refugees have found shelter in the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp next to Piang Luang, Thailand. Although many Burmese refugees in Thailand must contend with uncertain legal status and are required to stay inside their camps, Thai authorities have granted young refugees permission to pursue an education outside the camp.

Through generous donations secured by us, a total of nine students from Koung Jor have received supplementary funds to cover essential living expenses while furthering their education at quality English schools. While there, the students receive the training and education necessary to support and develop their communities.

Background

Over the past 30 years Burmese ethnic minorities have fled their homeland in the hundreds of thousands to escape the country’s internal armed conflicts. Over 400 of these refugees are living in Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp, located on the Thai-Burmese border.

In principle the residents of Koung Jor are not allowed to leave the camp. However, Thai authorities have shown lenience in allowing students to pursue an education outside the camp.

The camp leadership runs projects to secure a safe and dignified existence for the camp population. One of these projects is an educational programme to prepare students for entrance exams at two schools that offer scholarships: Wide Horizons and the English Immersion Programme (IEP). The scholarship includes a two-year study programme (including a one-year internship) at these quality English speaking schools in western Thailand. The schools equip students with leadership skills to develop communities as teachers, translators, peacebuilders and human rights defenders.

Since 2012 we have been working with camp leadership to award supplementary scholarships to students within the camp. These education support funds cover basic living costs such as clothing, hygienic needs and food. With the aid of academic and supplementary scholarships students have a better chance of succeeding in school, improving their livelihoods and helping their communities.

Goals and Results

14 students have now been awarded supplementary scholarships that were funded by us.

Sai Yord Tai started his first year of studying at Wide Horizons in May 2016.

In 2015 two students completed the intensive English course at English Immersion Programme in Umphiem Camp (Sai Loakur) and Wide Horizons in Mae Sot (Sai War Ling). Their internship took place at Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp where they taught English to the community. Sai War Ling used the knowledge he gained and took on a leadership role as caretaker at the boarding house for 19 children inside the camp.

Four other students have also successfully completed the programme including the 10 months at the respective English schools and the one-year internship.

In 2019 -20 we were supporting two students in the IEP programme and one student in the Global Border Studies (GBS) programme. One of the students was a former boarder at the KJSRC Boarding House that we support.

Sponsors

  • Sara and Lukas Salvisberg-Vontobel (2019 – 2020) | 17.680 THB (CHF 559) for one student
  • Sara Salvisberg (2018 – 2019) | 13.000 THB (391 CHF) for one student
  • Sjoerd van Belzen (2018 -2020) | 17.680 THB (530 EUR) for one student
  • Helfen ohne Grenzen – Schweiz (2017 – 2018) | € 227 for two students
  • Ann and Martin Amman (2017 – 2018) | € 440 for two students
  • Helfen ohne Grenzen – Schweiz (June 2016 – April 2017) | € 283 for one student
  • Helfen ohne Grenzen – Schweiz (June 2012 – April 2015 | € 1.520 for six students

What's Been Happening Recently

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𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗛 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚-𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗠 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥

Our close friend and sponsor Gerard de Blok visited Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) on 8 October. He has been a sponsor for KJSRC English evening classes since 2019. When Gerard saw our blog post about Catherine Keyl and Sallo's interview on Dutch television, he contacted us.

He met all 11 teachers and had a light-hearted, but very useful discussion about current education matters. Gerard also asked what the aspirations of the rather young teachers are. He remarked:

“There was of course some hilarity, but it showed that these young people are down to earth, recognise their position in society and are determined to make the best of it. There may still be many obstacles to overcome, but they are not running away from these”..

Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for taking the time for this visit and for supporting our work. We're so glad when our supporters can see exactly where their money is spent and the beneficial impact it has.

More info about the project he supports: philanthropyconnections.org/project/stipend-for-english-teachers

#KJSRC #Sponsors #EnglishEveningClass #EducationinRefugeeCamp
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𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗛 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚-𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗠 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥
Our close friend and sponsor Gerard de Blok visited Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) on 8 October. He has been a sponsor for KJSRC English evening classes since 2019. When Gerard saw our blog post about Catherine Keyl and Sallos interview on Dutch television, he contacted us.
He met all 11 teachers and had a light-hearted, but very useful discussion about current education matters. Gerard also asked what the aspirations of the rather young teachers are. He remarked:
“There was of course some hilarity, but it showed that these young people are down to earth, recognise their position in society and are determined to make the best of it. There may still be many obstacles to overcome, but they are not running away from these”..
Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for taking the time for this visit and for supporting our work. Were so glad when our supporters can see exactly where their money is spent and the beneficial impact it has.
More info about the project he supports: https://philanthropyconnections.org/project/stipend-for-english-teachers
#KJSRC #Sponsors #EnglishEveningClass #EducationinRefugeeCamp

𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗚𝗜𝗙𝗧𝗦 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦, 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗗 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘𝗦 🙂

In September, our colleagues Sompoi Chanya Akira and Krist Inmanee delivered donations in kind, such as clothes and toys to Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp.

As you can see from the pictures, both the kids and the adults were thrilled. They are grateful for the presents and for the fact that people care about them. Thanks to all donors for the wonderful gifts.

Read more about the project here: philanthropyconnections.org/partner/kjsrc

#kjsrc #donations
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𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗚𝗜𝗙𝗧𝗦 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦, 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗗 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘𝗦 🙂
In September, our colleagues Sompoi and Krist delivered donations in kind, such as clothes and toys to Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp.
As you can see from the pictures, both the kids and the adults were thrilled. They are grateful for the presents and for the fact that people care about them. Thanks to all donors for the wonderful gifts.
Read more about the project here: https://philanthropyconnections.org/partner/kjsrc
#KJSRC #Donations

𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦

11 teachers, on a very small stipend, teach 8 evening English classes to 90 children from the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.

The classroom for grade 6 English lessons was in very bad repair - its old wooden and bamboo structure was collapsing - and the camp asked for help.

Luckily a long-time supporter, Hans Elzas who had already sponsored the rebuilding of the main hall in 2018, stepped up to help out. And not just monetarily. During his visit to the camp, he actively lent a hand in its construction.

Thank you again Hans Elzas for your support!

#kjsrc #sponsor #eveningenglishclass

#educationinrefugeecamp
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𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 
11 teachers, on a very small stipend, teach 8 evening English classes to 90 children from the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.
The classroom for grade 6 English lessons was in very bad repair - its old wooden and bamboo structure was collapsing - and the camp asked for help.
Luckily a long-time supporter, Hans Elzas who had already sponsored the rebuilding of the main hall in 2018, stepped up to help out. And not just monetarily. During his visit to the camp, he actively lent a hand in its construction.
Thank you again Hans Elzas for your support!
#KJSRC #sponsor #EveningEnglishClass
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