We would like to request your support for a library project we are establishing at Pa Yang Taung School for migrant children in Mae Sot, Tak Province.
Pa Yang Taung is a school for migrant and displaced Burmese children in Thailand. The school was originally located in Karen State, Burma. However, the area it was located in was attacked by the SPDC (Burmese military) and the DKBA (a proxy armed force of the SPDC) in 2005 and abandoned. The security situation in the area has not improved and the school was relocated just over the Thai side of the border.
Fighting along the border in Burma has reintensified this year and more displaced people have come across the border, many seeking medical care, education opportunities for their children and employment. As the need has increased along the border, Pa Yang Taung has seen an increase in the number of students attending the school. The school currently has 185 students, 155 of whom board at the school. The students are mostly Karen and their families generally live in IDP (internally displaced persons) areas across the border in Karen State.
We are aiming to set up a library within the school, as well as develop broader community engagement with Pa Yang Taung by connecting children at schools in Thailand with children at the school – a “Network of Children to Children” – in order to provide greater community awareness and mutual support.
The support of a generous individual donor, Ami Zarchi, will provide the infrastructure to construct the library, books to start the collection, and computers. We have the beginnings of a great project.
We invite you to support this project through book donations (English and Thai) and monetary donations for running costs.
There are very few libraries in the 60 migrant schools in the area. This will be used as a pilot project, to show the success and motivate broader support for libraries for other migrant schools. This project has the potential to have a many-fold impact on migrant children.
We thank you for your efforts and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.
Executive Committee, BMTA
Background Information about the Burmese Migrant Teachers’ Association
There are about 2 million migrant workers in Thailand and 90% of them are from Burma. Mae Sot area in Tak alone had 10 % of the Burmese migrant workers living and working. More than 500 teachers teaching respectively in 62 migrant schools established in Mae Sot area had formed Burmese Migrant Teacher’s Association in 2005, to cooperate on educational activities and to develop bilateral relation among schools and teachers.
The aim of the association is to develop a solid foundation of education in migrant area and to signify the roles of teachers. The objectives are–to unify all teachers in migrant areas, to ensure security and existence of the migrant teachers; to exchange knowledge and supportive interaction in relationship, respect and confident among each teachers and schools concerning about education, to upgrade skills and educational qualities of the teachers, to upgrade and maintain the prestige of teachers, to cooperate for the rights of education for all the school-aged children; to collaborate with the regional and international organizations.
Future Plans of BMTA
1. To renew and issue member cards to all member teachers.
2. To cooperate with particular scholars in accomplishing occasional training to upgrade teacher’s skills and quality of teaching.
3. To collaborate with respective educational organizations for curricular activities and occasional curriculum development workshops.
4. To provide teachers with library in the aim of increasing their concept, knowledge that can assist them in creating new ideas and teaching aids. And also to provide library service to schools which have library.
5. To find out ways about how to raise fund for the social benefit of member teachers and to honor teachers who are ought to be honor.
6. To collect member fees and monthly fee from every member teachers.
7. To hold Teacher seminar and to celebrate World Teacher’s Day on 5th October on the coming year 2010.
8. To cooperate continuously with regional organizations in Child Right Protection Services.
9. To connect with Thai Education in coordination to seek for the changing needs of teachers.
10. To collaborate in participation with international Teacher Union like AFT.
11. To communicate with Organization who willing to support the access of further education for both teachers and students.
12. To publish BMTA pamphlets, to publish BMTA newsletter bimonthly and to create BMTA website.
13. To plan for school trips in order to build better relationship and cooperation between teachers from each school and BMTA.
14. To communicate for support from respective organizations to provide schools in need with teachers and volunteer teachers so that the students can access education to their fullest potentials.
15. To hold BMTA’s Seminar and 3rd election on October 5th 2011.
BMTA welcomes support in the form of library book, textbook and monetary donations. We also welcome your support to provide volunteer teacher-trainers and other forms of training assistance.