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

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𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗟 𝗧𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗡 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡 𝗙𝗟𝗘𝗘𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗩𝗜𝗢𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘

Thoo Mwe Community High School has been providing food to displaced students fleeing villages in battle zones near the Thai Myanmar border. The students needed a safe place to stay, a school to go to and, definitely, food to survive.

This school, one of nine schools PCF supports in the area, told us that this year there are 11 more pupils in need of food aid than the previous (from 35 to 46 students, aged 11 to 18).

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝟰𝟬𝟯 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼. To support 46 students for 10 months, the total budget is 185.380 Baht | 5.101 Euro.

Thank you again to the anonymous sponsor and to Joanne Nihom and Michiel Schrijver for your great support.

#sponsoring #schoolpower #FWB #fooddonation #foodinconflict
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𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗟 𝗧𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗡 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡 𝗙𝗟𝗘𝗘𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗩𝗜𝗢𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘
Thoo Mwe Community High School has been providing food to displaced students fleeing villages in battle zones near the Thai Myanmar border. The students needed a safe place to stay, a school to go to and, definitely, food to survive.
This school, one of nine schools PCF supports in the area, told us that this year there are 11 more pupils in need of food aid than the previous (from 35 to 46 students, aged 11 to 18).
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝟰𝟬𝟯 𝗕𝗮𝗵𝘁 | 𝟭𝟭 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼. To support 46 students for 10 months, the total budget is 185.380 Baht | 5.101 Euro.
Thank you again to the anonymous sponsor and to Joanne Nihom and Michiel Schrijver for your great support.
#Sponsoring #Schoolpower #FWB #FoodDonation #FoodinConflictImage attachmentImage attachment

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Hello Sallo, once again I cannot let this appeal pass me by. Let me know how to contribute. Regards Nigel.

𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 🏫🪑🗺

During two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hsa Too Lei School at the border in Mae Sot had closed down. This school has 1.100 students - children of Burmese migrant workers, children fleeing conflict zones, children from refugee camps and orphans – and has no access to public funds.

This year they reopened but almost all their school furniture was damaged or broken. One of our long term partners, Friends Without Borders Foundation asked us for help, and luckily another one of our partners, the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University stepped in and donated 20 tables and 40 chairs.
Then, after Sallo’s presentation about our work at the Varee Chiangmai International School (VCIS), its students decided to organise a Flea Market and raised 3.302 THB for 3 educational globes for the school.

We are very grateful for SGS and the students of VCIS for their kindness in helping these 1.100 underserved students.

#StudentstoStudents #SchoolDonation
#VareeChiangmaiInternationalSchool
#SchoolofGlobalStudiesThammasat
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𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 🏫🪑🗺
During two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hsa Too Lei School at the border in Mae Sot had closed down. This school has 1.100 students - children of Burmese migrant workers, children fleeing conflict zones, children from refugee camps and orphans – and has no access to public funds.
This year they reopened but almost all their school furniture was damaged or broken. One of our long term partners, Friends Without Borders Foundation asked us for help, and luckily another one of our partners, the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University stepped in and donated 20 tables and 40 chairs.
Then, after Sallo’s presentation about our work at the Varee Chiangmai International School (VCIS), its students decided to organise a Flea Market and raised 3.302 THB for 3 educational globes for the school.
We are very grateful for SGS and the students of VCIS for their kindness in helping these 1.100 underserved students.
#StudentstoStudents #SchoolDonation
#VareeChiangmaiInternationalSchool
#SchoolofGlobalStudiesThammasat

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?
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