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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There are 13 teachers who teach 8 evening English classes to 120-130 children and youth of the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.

Two of the classrooms were in terrible condition and no longer a safe place for the children. During a visit with his family, Hans van den Born from the NTCC - Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce handed over 20.000 Baht donated by NTCC members to the camp leader, Sai Leng. This generous donation was used to renovate one of the classrooms, while the camp community itself and PCF covered the balance.

The construction took only 6 days to complete with some of the teachers helping the construction workers. The wall, the doors, windows and pillars were replaced, and now all students are glad to have a better and safer learning environment.

We hope this will help them to create a better future for themselves.
#kjsrc #sponsor
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𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗 𝗔 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 📚📖
There are 13 teachers who teach 8 evening English classes to 120-130 children and youth of the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.
Two of the classrooms were in terrible condition and no longer a safe place for the children. During a visit with his family, Hans van den Born from the NTCC - Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce handed over 20.000 Baht donated by NTCC members to the camp leader, Sai Leng. This generous donation was used to renovate one of the classrooms, while the camp community itself and PCF covered the balance.
The construction took only 6 days to complete with some of the teachers helping the construction workers. The wall, the doors, windows and pillars were replaced, and now all students are glad to have a better and safer learning environment.
We hope this will help them to create a better future for themselves. 
#KJSRC #sponsor

Comment on Facebook

Fantastic to see and greetings from your fellow NTCC community friends in Bangkok :-)

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This is the fourth year we've been working remotely with interns from Dutch University, NHL Stenden. And for the first time since COVID, students from the Netherlands (and Italy) were also able to come and study again in Thailand.

Their study includes visiting villages and communities in Chiang Mai, and with the long-standing connection between Stenden Thailand and PCF, what better idea than to join us on a visit to one of our projects, Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC).

When the 7 students heard about the KJSRC project, they came up with the great initiative to support our work there by raising funds among their friends and families, ultimately raising a total of € 921. This was matcheNHL Stendenenden to support the project with € 1.842!

Thank you to Lotte, Nellie, Veerle, Eline Vera, Eline, Bart and Francesco, and NHL Stenden, for your hard work and compassion. These funds will help to improve the condition of equipment and also go into improving other areas of the KJS#kjsrcp#sponsorC #Sponsor
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What a great story, we're happy our students could help!👏

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity!

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The Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) provides 8 evening classes 5 days a week for 120-130 children from the camp and nearby community.

The courses are an essential component of their further education. It will help them to break free from the poverty cycle so associated with casual work and to find better employment later in life.

Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for funding this project for the third year! Your support is greatly appreciat#kjsrcK#englishclassClass
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𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗛 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥 130 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧 €2.95 𝗣𝗘𝗥 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗 𝗣𝗘𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛
The Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) provides 8 evening classes 5 days a week for 120-130 children from the camp and nearby community.
The courses are an essential component of their further education. It will help them to break free from the poverty cycle so associated with casual work and to find better employment later in life.
Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for funding this project for the third year! Your support is greatly appreciated.
#KJSRC #EnglishClass
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