Founded in the spring of 2005, Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre (BNSCLC) seeks to provide secondary education, practical vocational skills and community development skills to secondary school-aged Burmese refugees, ethnic minorities and the rural poor living in the Mae Hong Son Province area of Thailand.
The purpose of this project was to construct a new boys dormitory to house 18 new male students.
The dormitory now provides a safe home for the poorest and most vulnerable migrant students who wish to study at the learning centre.
The students at BNSCLC are part of a large population living outside of the refugee camps. Not being in the camps leaves the children without any access to secondary education. This is because they don’t have the appropriate documentation that would give them access to government schools. This lack of educational opportunity leaves them with few options.
BNSCLC has coordinated with the Mae Hong Son Provincial Informal Education Department to provide high school accredited education to these children, and give them the opportunity to break away from poverty.
The public funding available to operate these informal schools is understandably low, to non-existent.
As it follows, the centre has not had sufficient funds to provide for many of the basic needs of those in the most need – including a dormitory for students who otherwise would not be able to attend the school.
This project allowed 18 more boys to attend BNSCLC and receive a quality education.