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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𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖)

Children in the KJSRC usually have limited education opportunities to improve their chances in life. But with the English and Computer classes we support, 100-110 children from the camp and nearby community can gain a solid foundation in English and computer skills.

Evening English Classes are thriving, with some students making significant improvements in their English skills and achieving high exam scores. Thanks to our dedicated teachers, whose hard work has greatly impacted students' learning. Computer classes are equipping students with essential IT skills, preparing them for the digital world.

Beyond the classroom, community engagement activities such as tree planting and local ceremonies are fostering a stronger, more connected community

Thank you, Gerard de Blok, for your long-standing, continued support of the teacher stipends, even now that we had to increase them for the current year...

#englishclass #eveningenglishclass #communitysupport #KJSRC
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𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖)
Children in the KJSRC usually have limited education opportunities to improve their chances in life. But with the English and Computer classes we support, 100-110 children from the camp and nearby community can gain a solid foundation in English and computer skills.
Evening English Classes are thriving, with some students making significant improvements in their English skills and achieving high exam scores. Thanks to our dedicated teachers, whose hard work has greatly impacted students learning. Computer classes are equipping students with essential IT skills, preparing them for the digital world.
Beyond the classroom, community engagement activities such as tree planting and local ceremonies are fostering a stronger, more connected community
Thank you, Gerard de Blok, for your long-standing, continued support of the teacher stipends, even now that we had to increase them for the current year...
#EnglishClass #EveningEnglishClass #CommunitySupport #KJSRCImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽!

Last October, the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) had several critical issues within the girls' dormitory - a leaky roof, bad ventilation, no roof for the clothes drying area, including an unusable kitchen countertop, ill-fitting doors, and a sewage system that needed repair.

They now have a new roof that eliminated leaks and expanded the drying area for clothes, keeping them safe from the rain. Plus, rain gutter ensures the dormitory stays dry and protected. Brand new doors have greatly enhancing the girls' security and privacy, making their environment much safer and more comfortable. Clean water pipes in the kitchen provide easy access to drinking water, and the updated wastewater pipes in the bathrooms ensure better sanitation and fix previous clogging issues. New ventilation holes have significantly improved air circulation, keeping the dorm cooler and protecting against dust, leaves, and insects. The girls are loving the fresher, cooler air!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated supporter, Hans Elzas, for making these transformative changes possible.

#KJSRC #sponsor #BoardingHouse #refugeecamp
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𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽!
Last October, the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) had several critical issues within the girls dormitory - a leaky roof, bad ventilation, no roof for the clothes drying area, including an unusable kitchen countertop, ill-fitting doors, and a sewage system that needed repair.
They now have a new roof that eliminated leaks and expanded the drying area for clothes, keeping them safe from the rain. Plus, rain gutter ensures the dormitory stays dry and protected. Brand new doors have greatly enhancing the girls security and privacy, making their environment much safer and more comfortable. Clean water pipes in the kitchen provide easy access to drinking water, and the updated wastewater pipes in the bathrooms ensure better sanitation and fix previous clogging issues. New ventilation holes have significantly improved air circulation, keeping the dorm cooler and protecting against dust, leaves, and insects. The girls are loving the fresher, cooler air!
We extend our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated supporter, Hans Elzas, for making these transformative changes possible.
#KJSRC #sponsor #BoardingHouse #RefugeeCampImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖).

Last month, our project team, Adam and Earth, visited KJSRC with the goal of enhancing our coordination efforts for greater consistency. Their primary focus was to provide crucial updates on the camp's general conditions, covering aspects like air quality, water, daily life, and education. Moreover, they delved into the lives of Boarding House students and teachers involved in the Stipend for English Teachers project, aiming for a comprehensive understanding of their challenges and needs. Beyond assessment, Adam and Earth aimed to enhance educational practices and safety awareness within the camp. Their specific goals ranged from classroom management training to advocating for safety measures like helmet usage.

Through their efforts, we're striving to improve project implementation and ensure the holistic growth of the camp's residents.

#KJSRC #communitysupport #refugee
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𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖).
Last month, our project team, Adam and Earth, visited KJSRC with the goal of enhancing our coordination efforts for greater consistency. Their primary focus was to provide crucial updates on the camps general conditions, covering aspects like air quality, water, daily life, and education. Moreover, they delved into the lives of Boarding House students and teachers involved in the Stipend for English Teachers project, aiming for a comprehensive understanding of their challenges and needs. Beyond assessment, Adam and Earth aimed to enhance educational practices and safety awareness within the camp. Their specific goals ranged from classroom management training to advocating for safety measures like helmet usage.
Through their efforts, were striving to improve project implementation and ensure the holistic growth of the camps residents.
#KJSRC #CommunitySupport #RefugeeImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Sounds interesting he’s doing well

Well done guys. Comprehensive hands on PCF support as usual.

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