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

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