A Burmese student smiles in his migrant school classroom. On the Thai-Burma border, World Education develops curricula and teacher trainings to ensure that migrant children do not fall behind with their education.
More than two million people from Burma have been displaced due to political instability and human rights violations. These refugees, migrants, and other displaced people are living in refugee camps and communities along the Thailand-Burma border. They have lost their homes and livelihoods, and many cannot access community social services that are available to the people of Thailand, such as health care, education, legal advice and protection.
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In the early 1990s, after Thailand had signed the Education for All declaration, World Education was asked to assist in developing educational policy, draft the curriculum, and train teachers to work with Burmese migrant students.
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Boys showing off their new knowledge at a school supported by the SHIELD program.
More than 9,000 teachers, 400 school directors, and 8,000 parents have been trained by World Education through SHIELD to help improve the education for children from Burma who attend schools in Thailand.
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Photo by Erin Shea.
This “democracy wall” is a place where students can voice their opinions about the world around them, while at Wide Horizons, which works with young adults displaced from Burma to expand their English, communication, and professional skills to help them go back and work for organizations within their communities.
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Photo by SHIELD.
As part of the SHIELD project, World Education built teacher and school administrator skills, prepared students for higher education, and created education programs that are inclusive of children with special needs.
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Photo by World Education staff.
Today is International Migrants Day. Migrants, like these boys in a World Education-supported refugee camp, are frequently unwelcome in their host countries, and are subjected to exploitation and human trafficking.
On the Thai-Burma border, World Education has prepared more than 60,000 refugees for their move to the US. Half of these refugees were not literate when they arrived in Phanat Nikhom; most were when they left.
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Photo by Louis Kaplow
Blackboard at a school in a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand.
Approximately 130,000 refugees from Burma live in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and well over 400,000 live unofficially in Thai communities along the border. World Education is training teachers in this limited resourced area.
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Photo by World Education staff.
Women cheering on the tug of war game at the Education for All Celebration in January 2010. Through the SHIELD project, World Education provides access to quality education for refugees and displaced persons through resource support, developing the capacity of local organizations to support education, and empowering communities and their education systems.
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