MYANMAR

Education Village – A Space for Learning and Sharing

By Daniel Siegfried

As the humanitarian situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate, more children and youth will seek refuge and educational opportunities outside the country. The Thai – Myanmar border areas near Mae Sot have a long history of providing refuge and education opportunities for both migrant and refugee children.

Considering the continued increase in the number of migrants into Thailand, we have worked closely with the Education for Friendship Foundation (EFF), one of our long-term and trusted partner in Mae Sot, on how to respond to the growing needs of the migrant community with regards to education. Having examined the situation on both sides of the border, our solution is the development of a specially constructed Education Village on the outskirts of Mae Sot.

The Education Village will provide space for EFF’s three educational programmes and will be built in three phases over the next 24 months. The first phase will be completed by March 2024 and will accommodate EFF’s BHOSH migrant learning centre with its 460 students. The second phase will start in the first quarter of 2024 and will construct the infrastructure for the Minmahaw Higher Education Programme (MHEP) and Minmahaw High School. The third phase will provide additional educational space for potential new education partners.

The Education Village will provide space for EFF’s three educational programmes and will be built in three phases over the next 24 months.

The Education Village is currently being built on a large plot of land owned by Child’s Dream, thanks to the generous support of the PD Foundation. With this investment we can effectively respond to the current needs, provide a safe and conducive learning environment and build a strong relationship between the migrant community and its Thai host community.