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: €49.466 ($54.727)
Total Beneficiaries:64 (617)
 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 720 Karen children living in 9 communities in the targeted areas and to be a model for similar efforts in other border areas.

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

  • 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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Recently we received an urgent request from one of our long term partners, Friends Without Borders, about a small rural village school.

The school is separated from the village by a stream - which is fine to wade across in the dry season but needs a bridge during the heavy rains in June and July. As you can see from the photos, there is not much left of the bridge after the last wet season swept a lot of it away and it is now very dangerous for the children to use it.

The school is vital to the village and all 340 villagers are ready to work together to rebuild it. But they need 60.000 THB (approx 1.650 EUR) for the materials (wooden planks, beams and cement).

We were happy to step in and ensure the education of 98 primary and high school students and the continued employment of 17 teachers in this underserved area.

For more about our partner and their projects see >>> philanthropyconnections.org/partner/fwb/

#educationforall #ruraleducation #FWB
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Recently we received an urgent request from one of our long term partners, Friends Without Borders, about a small rural village school. 
The school is separated from the village by a stream - which is fine to wade across in the dry season but needs a bridge during the heavy rains in June and July. As you can see from the photos, there is not much left of the bridge after the last wet season swept a lot of it away and it is now very dangerous for the children to use it.
The school is vital to the village and all 340 villagers are ready to work together to rebuild it. But they need 60.000 THB (approx 1.650 EUR) for the materials (wooden planks, beams and cement).
We were happy to step in and ensure the education of 98 primary and high school students and the continued employment of 17 teachers in this underserved area.
For more about our partner and their projects see >>> https://philanthropyconnections.org/partner/fwb/
#educationforall #ruraleducation #FWB

𝗥𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 | 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿'𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿 #𝟮 🌱

It was only in February that the 162 packs of vegetable seeds were sent to 9 remote schools to help them feed their students. And the impressive results are already in!

Many thanks to East-West Seed for their ongoing support.

#EWS #FWB #selfsubsistence #gardenscorner
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𝗥𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 | 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿 #𝟮 🌱
It was only in February that the 162 packs of vegetable seeds were sent to 9 remote schools to help them feed their students. And the impressive results are already in!
Many thanks to East-West Seed for their ongoing support.
#EWS #FWB #selfsubsistence #gardenscorner
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