World Education Thailand works with the following local partners to implement the Project for Local Empowerment (PLE), which is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as lead, as well as the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and The Border Consortium (TBC).
Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC)
BMWEC is assuming management and financial responsibility of Star Flower Center, the special education center for Burmese children in Mae Sot. Star Flower is a day school for special education youth ages 5 and up, enrolling 24 students at any given time. Trained teachers develop individual action plans for each student and create interactive lesson plans and daily activities appropriate to their needs and abilities. The school also implements early intervention and inclusive education programs.
Karen Education Department (KED)
KED administers Karen community schools, builds education capacity, and trains teachers. KED promotes increased access to education services for vulnerable populations in eastern Burma, through administering schools located in Karen State in eastern Burma and training teachers and educational administrators at the district, township, and school levels. KED works closely with Karen Teachers’ Working Group (KTWG) to train teachers, and delivers school supplies as part of the Karen State Education Assistance Group (KSEAG).
Kayan New Generation Youth (KNGY)
KNGY Supports Schools in Karenni (Kayah), Shan and Karen (Kayin) States KNGY promotes increased access to education services for vulnerable populations in eastern Burma with WE support, through supporting administrative costs and stipends for teachers in Kayan ethnic schools.
Karen Refugee Committee – Education Entity (KRC-EE)
KRC‐EE provides primary and secondary education, and continuing education opportunities to young adults who live in seven refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border. Through the QUEST project, World Education provides technical support to KRC-EE Basic Education for subject-specialist teacher training. With the PLE project, KRC‐EE administers the higher education programs listed below in 7 camps, providing technical and operational support.
English Immersion Program (EIP): Higher education program in Umphium Mai refugee camp.
Global Border Studies (GBS): Higher education program in Nu Po refugee camp.
Institute of Higher Education (IHE): A system of junior colleges in seven camps, also supported by Child’s Dream.
Karen Teachers Working Group (KTWG) / Eastern Burma Community Schools (EBCS)
KTWG formed EBCS in 2011 to expand their geographic scope from Karen State to other ethnic areas of Burma. KTWG now primarily works in Karen State, and EBCS partners with ethnic education organizations from eastern and northern Burma to provide teacher training and community support to education programs in those areas.
KTWG has assumed progressively greater responsibility for the Teacher Preparation Center (TPC) in Mae Sot, started by WE in 2011, and supports a network of pre‐service and in service teacher trainings for community schools throughout Burma.
Migrant Education Coordination Center (MECC)
MECC, a department of the Thai Ministry of Education (MoE), supports quality education in Migrant Learning Centers (MLCs) by conducting trainings, providing information on processes for accreditation, and otherwise acting as the intermediary for the MoE and MLCs.
MECC works with World Education to:
• conduct bi-annual teacher and school director trainings for MLC teachers and school directors, with the Master Trainers
• facilitate Thai teacher training courses and workshops for Thai teachers in MLCs and in Thai schools enrolling large populations of migrant students
• organize summer camp programs to teach intensive Thai language to migrant students who are preparing to transfer into Thai schools
• organize a bi-monthly MLC school director meeting to provide policy updates to school directors, NGOs and the Royal Thai Government
• facilitate discussions about education models and potential certification for MLCs
• implement action research projects to investigate models of effective teaching and learning for migrant students in Tak province
Mobile Education Partnerships (MEP)
Mobile Education Partnerships delivers teacher training to displaced, refugee, and migrant communities from Myanmar. Since 2002, MEP has developed a ‘professional partnership’ training model wherein MEP trainers work alongside local teachers in the classroom helping with lesson preparation, demonstrating new skills, and team teaching. Over the next two years, PLE will support MEP to work with early grade teachers at targeted schools in migrant communities in order to increase teaching quality and student learning experiences. MEP will develop materials specific to the needs of these teachers and schools, deliver an intensive one week training, and provide ongoing support through skills workshops and classroom observation.
Mon National Education Committee (MNEC)
MNEC manages a system of community schools in Mon State and a two-year post-ten program.
MNEC provides educational services to vulnerable children in Mon State as well as some parts of Karen State and Tenasserim Division. MNEC was founded by the New Mon State Party (NMSP) with the aim of providing high-quality education to Mon youth in their mother tongue. With PLE support, MNEC administers recruitment, training, and support to teachers for basic through higher education for over 100 Mon language primary schools, 22 post-primary schools, twelve middle schools and three high schools. The MNEC Post-Ten School is a residential, intensive English language program for young people who have completed high school and are looking to further their education. The curriculum focuses on teaching skills as well as basic computer and community development.
Myanmar Literacy Resource Centre (MLRC)
The Myanmar Literacy Resource Centre works to promote literacy activities in Myanmar by developing literacy materials, facilitating the exchange of information and resources, and providing training for non-formal education (NFE) teachers. With PLE support, MLRC will oversee the administration of Myanmar NFE centers of education in Kayin State and migrant communities in Thailand. MLRC will also explore opportunities for scaling up NFE programs for rural, out of school migrant and internally displaced populations in order that they can attain an accredited education and ensure a smooth transition back into the Myanmar education upon their return.
Wide Horizons (WH)
Wide Horizons is a two-year long learning program based in Mae Sot, Thailand. The schools uses experiential learning methodologies to provide young professionals at community-based organizations with skills in community development, English language, and computer literacy in order to strengthen their organizations. The program enrolls young adults from a wide variety of ethnic groups from Burma to live and work together while learning the skills needed to build community services in a collaborative way.
Youth Connect (YC)
Youth Connect provides vocational and life skills training to youth and young adults.
Under PLE, YC conducts a “Stay in School” life skills training at five migrant learning centers with a focus on “high risk” children. These are children who have been identified by partner schools and community members as having a high potential to drop out of school at the ages of 13-15. Training focuses on life skills, mental health, problem solving and identifying goals and opportunities. In addition, an apprenticeship program works with young adults who have completed an intensive training period and will begin job placements. Recently, YC has expanded this program to two monastery schools in Myawaddy, Burma.