Participating Project

Project information

Specialist education for disabled migrant children

The only school for disabled migrant children on the Thai – Myanmar border needs your help to stay open.

Without this incredible school and the small dedicated team of teachers these children would be confined to their homes and invisible in their communities with little hope of a better future.

November 2018 - March 2020

Charity information: Safe Child Thailand

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  • Need

    Need

    There is a distinct lack of educational opportunities for disabled children on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Children with disabilities are often confined to their home, isolated with little opportunity for social interaction. In the worst cases these children can find themselves abandoned, left to fend for themselves on the streets or packed into overcrowded institutions. The only school for disabled migrant children in Tak Province is in dire need of your support to continue its vital work.

    Solution

    Safe Child Thailand is committed to supporting migrant education on the Thai-Myanmar border and, following the collapse of a funding partner, has become the main supporter of the only border school for disabled migrant children. Our funding will cover running costs including educational supplies, school transport, lunches, teacher training, staff salaries and community outreach work. Your support is essential to continue to provide these vital specialist services for disabled migrant children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver specialist education for 28 migrant children with disabilities aged 5 – 14 for 2 years.


    Activities

    » Fair salaries will be offered to 3 trained special education teachers and 1 Headteacher for the next 2 years.
    » Tailored learning programmes for each individual student will be created based on their specific needs.
    » Educational resources necessary to deliver tailored education programming will be provided.
    » Trained specialists will oversee regular monitoring and teacher training for staff to ensure high standards of care.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the continued delivery of the services of the school. Education quality will be regularly monitored according to a written framework.


    Aim 2

    To improve access to education for marginalised disabled migrant children.


    Activities

    » A driver will collect children from their homes to transport them to school and back to overcome accessibility issues.
    » Outreach workers will make marginalised families aware of educational opportunities for their children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by an increase in the number of students attending Thai specialist education beyond the border school for migrant children.


    Aim 3

    To provide outreach support to families of children with disabilities in the migrant community.


    Activities

    » Students will receive support in their homes to ensure they can live autonomously outside of school e.g. creating a garden to be managed.
    » Training for families of children with disabilities will improve knowledge of disability care.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the continued monitoring of student progress both inside school and at home to ensure transferable skills are being utilised.


    Aim 4

    To ensure children receive balanced school meals enabling them to stay focused in class.


    Activities

    » A cook will provide freshly prepared lunches for students and staff on daily basis.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through student concentration levels in class and positive evaluation of physical health.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The long term impact of this project will be felt by migrant students with disabilities, who would otherwise have little or no hope of receiving an education. They will learn the skills they need to be able to live a relatively autonomous life, as well as contribute to their family and local community. Success will be demonstrated by student progress following graduation, be it entry into further education, employment or simply contribution to the running of the family home.

    Risk

    • Staff resignation. We will mitigate this risk by providing a fair salary for all staff members. Training opportunities will also increase staff engagement. Should a member of staff leave their post, we will call upon our local network to assist in finding a suitable replacement.
    • Not being able to raise the total amount needed within the time period specified. If this is the case we will carry out more fundraising activity and encourage our partners in Thailand to raise additional funds.

    Reporting

    Donors to this project will receive updates on the school twice a year via email or post. Additionally, there will also be project updates including photo and video content posted on our social media channels across the funding period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,220

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,292 Staff salaries for 2 years Headteacher, 3 assistant teachers, cook, driver, field officer.
      £5,414 Transportation for 2 years Fuel, vehicle maintenance, insurance
      £8,514 School running costs, 2 years Teaching materials, sanitation, maintenance, utilities, food programme, uniforms, training
  • Background

    Location

    The school is located in Tak Province on Thailand’s Western border with Myanmar. The area has a large migrant population. The border is very porous and Burmese migrants are able to enter Thailand without passing formal border crossings, often by boat or simply by wading through the river that acts as a border between the two countries. Most migrants enter Thailand from Myanmar for economic purposes. For many migrant workers, pay is often unfair and working hours long and uncomfortable.

    Beneficiaries

    This project benefits not only the 28 children with disabilities that attend the school, but also their parents and guardians. In this rural and largely marginalised community, understanding of disability is severely limited. School staff share techniques to improve understanding of basic hygiene procedure, methods of care in the home and self-autonomy of the students. 4 teaching staff, one outreach worker and 2 support staff also benefit from salaries and career development.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Safe Child Thailand has been working closely with local partners in Thailand for over 35 years. As a result, we have a deep understanding of the issues currently affecting vulnerable children in the country. Our work reaches over 13,000 vulnerable children annually and, with our attention focused on Thailand, we intend to maintain our support of the Burmese migrant community on the border as many organisations redirect their funding efforts to within Myanmar itself.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Hlaing Moe

    Safe Child Thailand Project Coordinator based on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Hlaing Moe oversees project monitoring in the field.

    Thoo Mwe Paw

    Joined the school as a teacher in 2010. In 2017 she became Headteacher and is dedicated to the betterment of the children.

    Eh Dah Bu

    As well as teaching, Eh Dah Bu supports programme graduates to find new opportunities outside of the classroom following their time at the school.

    Eh Htoo Thaw

    An experienced and creative teacher, Eh Htoo Thaw is passionate about the rights of marginalised children to access quality education.