Due to severe economic hardships in Burma and also in Thailand, migrant parents cannot afford to educate their children. Without education this cycle of poverty will continue. Providing Burmese migrant children with an education also means that the time at which they enter the labour force is delayed and a good education will provide them with the skills and better job opportunities. Being at school also offers the children a safe environment in which to study, play and socialise.
Despite Thai governmental policy which states that all children have the right to education in Thailand, it is very difficult for Burmese migrant children to attend school in Southern Thailand. Most Burmese children (and their parents) are still unable to read or write. Because Thai schools are often unwilling or unable to provide support for these children, ChildTRAC’s partner Foundation for Education and Development (FED) has initiated an education programme. The Education Programme at FED now operates 6 learning centres (informal schools) for migrant children in the coastal areas in southern Thailand. 30 teachers and over 400 students attend these centres. The school curriculum follows the standard Burmese curriculum, which includes Burmese, English, Mathematics, and social studies. In addition, students learn at least one hour of Thai language every day.
ChildTRAC funds the lunch programme for the Pakweep Learning Centre which currently supports approximately 55 students aged 6 - 13. We ensure that these hardworking children receive a nutritious lunch every day to help them learn and keep them healthy.