Stipend for English teachers

Stipend for English teachers

Project Details

Project:Stipend for English teachers
Location:Piang Luang,
Sponsorship Started:2016
Duration:September 2016 โ€“ ongoing
Budget: €5.170 ($5.590)
Total Beneficiaries:102
 students and teachers

Summary

In 2002 Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp was established next to the town of Piang Luang on the Thai-Burma border in northern Thailand. It is a close-knit community of over 400 Shan refugees. The camp offers English language classes in the evening for both the refugee children, and many children in the nearby villages. This service not only provides greater opportunities for the Shan refugees, but a positive link between the camp and the local community.

This project provides a small stipend for the teachers who provide English language lessons to over 100 children and teenagers. Without this stipend, the teachers would not be able to provide for their basic needs like food and clothing. This would force the teachers to find jobs working on farms or in construction, and the English evening classes would have to be cancelled.

Currently there are 117 students who are studying with 73 students from inside the camp and 44 students from outside the camp. They are from different 3 villages and different ethnic groups, Shan, Chinese, Ta_Ang and Thai.

Background

Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp has become โ€˜homeโ€™ to some 400 refugees who escaped the internal armed conflict of Burma. While the people at Koung Jor have been displaced from their homes, they are making the best of their situation and try to improve their opportunities in anyway available.

One of these ways is through English language education. Without English language skills, the refugees at Koung Jor have few options other than manual labour.

Additionally, the English evening classes have been viewed as an excellent service by the people from the local community in and around Piang Luang. This helps create a positive relationship between the refugees and the local community.

Goals and Results

In 2020-21 the number of teachers increased to nine, then in 2021-22 increased again to eleven to accommodate additional classes. The eleven teachers hold nine separate classes at various levels depending on the studentโ€™s age or level of English competency.

The programme runs for ten months throughout the year (with a month-long holiday in April and October). At the end of each cycle, students are required to take a test. The goal of the programme is to achieve adequate test results from over 80% of the students.

Sponsors

  • Gerard de Blok | 2022 – 2023 | 193.375 THB
  • Gerard de Blok | 2021 – 2022 | 149.175 THB
  • Gerard de Blok | 2020 – 2021 | 149.175 THB
  • Gerard de Blok | 2019 – 2020 | 132.600 THB
  • Michael Roe | 2018 – 2019 | 1000 USD
  • The Popocatepetl Trust | 2017 – 2018

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Last October, the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) identified several critical issues within the girls' dormitory - leaky roof, bad ventilation, and no roof for the clothes drying area (not including the unusable kitchen's countertop, ill fitting doors and a sewage systems that needed repair).

We're pleased to update that significant progress has been made since then - the roof has been fixed, the roof area for drying clothes has been extended, the bathroom doors have been replaced and can be secured, the clean water pipes have been relocated indoors, and the countertop is now at a lower level so the children can cook and clean dishes.

For all this work, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated supporter, Hans Elzas, for making these transformative changes possible. As we often remind others, and ourselves, it's not just the physical changes that count - it's the feeling of hope and being cared for that these projects instillโค๏ธ

#KJSRC #sponsor #BoardingHouse #refugeecamp
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๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜€ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ!
Last October, the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) identified several critical issues within the girls dormitory -  leaky roof, bad ventilation, and no roof for the clothes drying area (not including the unusable kitchens countertop, ill fitting doors and a sewage systems that needed repair).
Were pleased to update that significant progress has been made since then - the roof has been fixed, the roof area for drying clothes has been extended, the bathroom doors have been replaced and can be secured, the clean water pipes have been relocated indoors, and the countertop is now at a lower level so the children can cook and clean dishes.
For all this work, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated supporter, Hans Elzas, for making these transformative changes possible.  As we often remind others, and ourselves, its not just the physical changes that count - its the feeling of hope and being cared for that these projects instillโค๏ธ
#KJSRC #sponsor #BoardingHouse #RefugeeCamp

It's been a while, but it was wonderful to have Dick Stevens (VideoScope Holland) and Adrienne Kranendonk back in Chiang Mai.

Since 2013, Dick and Adrienne have generously volunteered their time and skills, capturing ten of our projects in Cambodia and Thailand with great dedication and professionalism. Their commitment goes beyond their invaluable time and skills, as they have also offered great financial support since their first involvement with PCF, now 11 years ago.

This time round they were catching up with projects and students they'd filmed before, and a couple of new ones, and maybe a new Introduction to PCF video too.

Furious editing is now in progress in readiness for publication later this month.

#videoscope #CSR #KJSRC
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Children in the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (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.

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 his long-term funding of the teacher's stipends. Your support is greatly appreciated!

#KJSRC #englishclass
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Children in the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (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. 
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 his long-term funding of the teachers stipends. Your support is greatly appreciated!
#KJSRC #EnglishClassImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Great work Gérard.

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