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

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𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦 𝗗𝗢𝗘𝗦 - 𝟭 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗢𝗙 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗦𝗢 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗬 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗨𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗜𝗥 𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

The current armed conflict in Myanmar created severe problems for these young students. They had to flee their villages and needed a safe place to stay, a school to go to and, definitely, food to survive.

This year, the Thoo Mwe Community School, one of the nine schools that PCF supports in the area, informed us that there are 46 students, aged 11 to 18 years old who need food support this year.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝟰𝟬𝟯 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼. For the 10 months, we are supporting the 46 students, the total budget is 185.380 Baht | 5.101 Euro.
Thank you to an anonymous sponsor for funding nearly two-thirds of the whole budget (120.000 Baht).

𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝟲𝟱.𝟯𝟴𝟬 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭.𝟴𝟬𝟬 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱?

#schoolpower #FWB #fooddonation #foodinconflict
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𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗦 𝗗𝗢𝗘𝗦 - 𝟭 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 𝗢𝗙 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗦𝗢 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗬 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗨𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗜𝗥 𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡
The current armed conflict in Myanmar created severe problems for these young students. They had to flee their villages and needed a safe place to stay, a school to go to and, definitely, food to survive.
This year, the Thoo Mwe Community School, one of the nine schools that PCF supports in the area, informed us that there are 46 students, aged 11 to 18 years old who need food support this year.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝟰𝟬𝟯 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼. For the 10 months, we are supporting the 46 students, the total budget is 185.380 Baht | 5.101 Euro.
Thank you to an anonymous sponsor for funding nearly two-thirds of the whole budget (120.000 Baht).
𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝟲𝟱.𝟯𝟴𝟬 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭.𝟴𝟬𝟬 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱?
#Schoolpower #FWB #FoodDonation #FoodinConflictImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗠𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗔 𝗗𝗢𝗪 𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗚𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

The old bridge that connected the village of Mae La Ah Khee to their school was in a dangerous state of disrepair and no longer safe to use. With the rainy season approaching, the risk of the bridge collapsing due to higher water and stronger currents increased. Crossing the water on foot is also life-threatening in the rainy season.

It was clear that the bridge had to be replaced before the rainy season. Due to the urgency of this need, we agreed to fund it and find a sponsor later, if possible.

Nigel Dow, a longtime supporter and donor, stepped up to fully fund the bridge and lovingly dedicated it to the memory of his grandmother, Vera.

The new "Grandmother Vera Dow Bridge" is now used every day by 98 children to get to school safely.

Thank you to Johan Monsma and Jerry Van Vive from Safran for providing the beautiful commemorative name plaque. A colleague from our partner Friends Without Borders picked it up from our office yesterday. Soon, the village children will see the pictures and quote from ‘granny Vera’ while crossing their ‘Bridge to Education'.

On behalf of all villagers and students, we would like to thank you again for your generous support.

#educationforall #ruraleducation #sponsor #bridgeforeducation
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𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗠𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗔 𝗗𝗢𝗪 𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗚𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡
The old bridge that connected the village of Mae La Ah Khee to their school was in a dangerous state of disrepair and no longer safe to use. With the rainy season approaching, the risk of the bridge collapsing due to higher water and stronger currents increased. Crossing the water on foot is also life-threatening in the rainy season.
It was clear that the bridge had to be replaced before the rainy season. Due to the urgency of this need, we agreed to fund it and find a sponsor later, if possible.
Nigel Dow, a longtime supporter and donor, stepped up to fully fund the bridge and lovingly dedicated it to the memory of his grandmother, Vera.
The new Grandmother Vera Dow Bridge is now used every day by 98 children to get to school safely.
Thank you to Johan Monsma and Jerry Van Vive from Safran for providing the beautiful commemorative name plaque. A colleague from our partner Friends Without Borders picked it up from our office yesterday. Soon, the village children will see the pictures and quote from ‘granny Vera’ while crossing their ‘Bridge to Education.
On behalf of all villagers and students, we would like to thank you again for your generous support.
#educationforall #ruraleducation #sponsor #bridgeforeducation

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Congratulations with new bridge. Grandmother Vera Dow Bridge is source of smiling children.

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
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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

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

Great news.

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