Strengthening Capacity of Border Karen Schools and Teachers in Karen State

Strengthening Capacity of Border Karen Schools and Teachers in Karen State

Project Details

Project:School Power
Location:Ta Graeh, Karen State,
Sponsorship Started:2018
Duration:1st Nov 2019 - 31st Oct 2020
Budget: €51.500 ($52.360)
Total Beneficiaries:73 (663)
 teachers (students)

Summary

We funded the feasibility study for the capacity building project in 2018 and watched it grow into the full programme in 2019. The programme, named ‘SchoolPower’, is based in Ta Graeh Sub-district, Pa-An District in Karen State Myanmar.

The programme works closely with teachers, women, children and youth from 9 marginalised communities living in conflict-affected areas, where they are unable to get access to basic education, housing and healthcare, making them even more vulnerable to various forms of abuse and discrimination.

Background

Friends Without Borders (FWB) Foundation was established in 1999 and registered as a non-profit organisation in 2008. FWB works primarily with refugees and displaced children living in conflict-affected areas in and around refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border. Since October 2018, FWB has been running the project ‘Capacity Building for Border Karen Schools & Teachers) in Karen State, Myanmar, with the support of PCF. The programme has been renamed ‘SchoolPower’ to gain recognition in the area. The project was initially based on the feasibility study and consultation conducted with beneficiaries during 15 September – 15 October 2017.

The ‘SchoolPower’ project is a run in cooperation between FWB and the local Karen Education Department (KED), which aims to strengthen the quality of life and well-being of approximately 660 Karen children living in 9 communities in the targeted areas and to be a model for similar efforts in other border areas.

Support is given in several ways
1. Providing training, workshops and ongoing support for the teachers
2. By topping up the salaries of teachers by 50% we enable the teachers to earn enough to stay in post and ensure that essential skills and knowledge is not lost.
3. Purchase of essential school equipment and materials enables a quality education
4. Providing and supplying small libraries and reading corners in each school

Goals and Results

Goals

1. The primary aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of Karen teachers in the schools so that they will become a valuable resource, sharing knowledge and skills on various topics including child protection and education provision. A resource that responds to the needs of communities while helping to strengthen the schools to become sustainable local institutions.

2. To strengthen the capacity of the schools so that they have sufficient infrastructure, equipment, materials and policies that contribute to child protection, quality and relevance of education and to serve as sustainable local institutions with the participation of children, teachers and communities members.

3. To develop the quality of education and life of children and members of all eight targeted communities, for them to live a decent life with dignity.

Results

The first year of the project has been successfully conducted, with all activities being implemented according to the initial plan:

1. Four capacity-building workshops and one evaluation meeting were conducted with 28 teachers, including the headmasters and school committee members.

2. 20 teachers from the eight schools directly benefited from four capacity-building workshops on the topics of situation analysis, library management, the right to health and the role of schools, basic healthcare and first aid, mental health and children of special needs, labour rights and Thai law, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, child protection policy, participatory teaching methodology and English language teaching methods.

3. Seven out of the eight schools received school material support and identified their needs for additional equipment, material and infrastructure support. One school did not require school equipment as they already had an existing sponsor.

4. All the eight targeted schools received support for and established their own reading libraries and first aid corners.

Sponsors

  • Ban Adri – SWZOA | 2020-21 | THB 900.000
  • General Donations [Sallo’s Birthday Fundraiser] | 2020-21 | 14.743 EUR
  • Brodtbeck Philanthropy Foundation | 2020-21 | THB 415.037 | CHF 12.500
  • Fran & Bob German | 2020-21 | USD 1.000
  • Ami Utji & Jorn Veenstra | 2019-20 | 4.750 EUR
  • Anonymous Donor | 2019-20 | 10.000 EUR
  • Anonymous Donor | 2019-20 | 8.347 EUR
  • Ann Amann & Friends | 2019-20 | 100.000 THB
  • Brodtbeck Foundation | 2019-20 | 10.000 CHF
  • Nancy & Tony Mann | 2019-20 | 188.000 THB
  • Stichting Wees | 2019-20 | 6.560 EUR
  • Nancy & Tony Mann | 2018-19 | 46.438 EUR

What's Been Happening Recently

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗢𝗡𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥...

Last month we received the great news that the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Affairs has awarded us a 24.277 USD grant to help the most vulnerable Karen internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the border area of northern Thailand.

And now the first payment of 16.993 USD from the Julia Taft grant has arrived and the help can begin immediately!

The funds will provide essential nutritional supplements and the most basic medicines to the most vulnerable IDPs escaping armed conflict. These include newborn babies and breastfeeding mothers, babies and toddlers up to five years old, those over 70, people with physical disabilities and mental health issues, widows and the wounded; in all approx. 1.530 people.

We could not have done this without the assistance and encouragement of Sarinya Moolma (Fon) and David Muehlke of the Office of Refugee & Migration Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Thank you!

#FWB #IDPs #Refugees #Myanmar #JuliaTaftFund
... See MoreSee Less

𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗢𝗡𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥...
Last month we received the great news that the U.S. Department of State:  Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Affairs has awarded us a 24.277 USD grant to help the most vulnerable Karen internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the border area of northern Thailand.
And now the first payment of 16.993 USD from the Julia Taft grant has arrived and the help can begin immediately!
The funds will provide essential nutritional supplements and the most basic medicines to the most vulnerable IDPs escaping armed conflict. These include newborn babies and breastfeeding mothers, babies and toddlers up to five years old, those over 70, people with physical disabilities and mental health issues, widows and the wounded; in all approx. 1.530 people.
We could not have done this without the assistance and encouragement of Sarinya Moolma (Fon) and David Muehlke of the Office of Refugee &  Migration Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok
Thank  you!
#FWB #IDPs #Refugees #Myanmar #JuliaTaftFund

Comment on Facebook

What a good news. And all the effort is rewarded.

Great news.

𝗘𝗠𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗠𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗧, 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗩𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗟 𝗗𝗨𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗙𝗟𝗜𝗖𝗧

Because we believe that all children should have a place to learn, feel safe, and be understood, PCF partners with Friends Without Borders Foundation (FWB) in supporting nine marginalised ethnic Karen community schools in remote and conflict-affected areas in Burma.

“Strengthening Capacity of Border Karen Schools and Teachers” (SchoolPower Project) is the name of the project. A powerful name for an empowering project.

The project supports 73 teachers through workshops and other activities during the year to improve their knowledge and ability to provide a quality education and ensure the well-being of the children.

This project also provides, among many other things, school materials, equipment and books for reading corners and first aid kits and medicine for 663 children and is indirectly beneficial to 350+ households. To make the communities self-sufficient, income-generating activities are developed and implemented.

The SchoolPower project works closely with teachers, women, children and youths to improve the quality of life and education. We believe that every child has the right to go to school. We work to achieve that, even in this difficult situation.

A huge thank you to The Ban Adri Foundation – Stichting Welzijn Zuid-Oost Azië (SWZOA), the Brodtbeck Philanthropy Foundation and Bob & Fran's ACT Project - Abolish Child Trafficking for granting us significant funds to support this project.

Also a big Thank you to all of you for contributing to Sallo's Birthday Fundraiser. You provided 30 percent of the budget!

To find out more about this project: philanthropyconnections.org/.../strengthening.../
... See MoreSee Less

𝟯𝟱 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗛𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗩𝗜𝗩𝗘 🏠🍚

The current armed conflict in Myanmar created severe problems for 35 young students. They had to flee their villages and needed a safe place to stay, a school to go to, and food to survive. These 20 female and 15 male students are now studying at the Thoo Mwe Community High School, one of the nine schools that PCF supports in the area.

A new dormitory was needed due to the arrival of these students. In June 2021, PCF supported the construction costs for this dormitory.

We were also able to provide three meals a day from 1 June 2021 to 31 March 2022.

PCF will continue to support the meals for these students as the situation has not improved yet. We've secured funds for nearly two-thirds of the year so far.

Thank you to Tony Mann and Stichting Welzijn Zuid-Oost Azië (SWZOA)/Ban Adri for the support of this project. Tony financed the construction of the dormitory and, together with SWZOA/Ban Adri, paid for the meals for the first year.

More information on the schools PCF is supporting in this area here: philanthropyconnections.org/project/strengthening-capacity-of-border-karen-schools-and-teachers-i...#schoolpowerp#FWB #FWB
... See MoreSee Less

— OR —
— OR —