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Improvement of the infrastructure of primary school for the children of Burmese refugees and minorities on Thai-Burmese border

Burmese migrants and the Karen tribe refugees reside in the Tak Province in Thailand. In the province, along the border with Myanmar, there are two biggest camps for Burmese refugees (100,000 out of 130,000 Burmese refugees staying in Thailand reside in the Tak Province). Some of the refugees decide to live outside the camp. The province is also inhabited by a significant number of the Karen tribe members, who have lived there for generations. However, they do not identify as Thai and most of them do not speak the Thai language, but speak their own dialects instead. The Thai administration does not feel responsible for educating the refugees and the Karen minority in the province. The Karen schools are insufficiently equipped, neglected and experience shortages of practically everything: from the qualified teaching personnel to the basic writing materials. The Thai schools in the region are the priority for the local authorities. Consequently, the Kui Le Tor school can only count on the support of external donors, especially in terms of improving the school infrastructure.

In 2015, the school received the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bangkok, so that it could renovate and equip the classrooms, the house for teachers, the school kitchen and the medical point. Bearing in mind the fact that all students come from severely impoverished families, the renovations also included the pond, where the school rears fish, and seedlings were purchased for the school garden, so that the school could use them to prepare meals for the poorest students and teachers. The conditions in school were significantly improved, however, additional works are still required. It is necessary to build solid fencing around the school area, because local animals from the surrounding jungle approach the crops and destroy them, they eat hens and fish and pose a threat to the children. The old pre-school building also needs to be renovated, as its roof is leaking and the floor is damaged. It is necessary to build and install water containers, so that the village could use it in the dry season.

Improvement of the infrastructure of primary school for the children of Burmese refugees and minorities on Thai-Burmese border

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 August to 10 December 2016 by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bangkok. Its objective is to support the primary education of national minorities in rural areas, on the Thai-Burmese border, including an improvement of learning conditions and health conditions in the school. 

The project provides for building concrete fencing around the school area, renovating the pre-school building, purchasing and installing pipes for water containers and the water purifying filter. Moreover, purchases will also include bikes for students whose houses are located the farthest from the school, sets of backpacks and school materials, writing materials for teachers, sport shoes and equipment for gymnastics.

The group of 142 children from the Karen national minority - students of the rural primary school in Kui Le Tor and its teaching personnel (9 people) will be the beneficiaries of the project.

The value of the project amounted to 35,000 American dollars and was fully covered by the Polish aid's funds. For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1772.

Improvement of the infrastructure of primary school for the children of Burmese refugees and minorities on Thai-Burmese border

The project was implemented from 1 August to 15 November, 2016. Its objective was to support the primary education of national minorities in rural areas, on the Thai-Burmese border, including an improvement of learning conditions and health conditions for students and teachers of the primary school in Kui Le Tor. After a major renovation, the primary school building was opened for the youngest school pupils and new equipment and outfits for the students and teachers were granted. Moreover, new concrete fencing surrounding the school premises was built to protect the children and teachers as well as the school livestock against wild animals. The students received bikes and school backpacks. The local authorities decided to finance the purchase of three water containers, which made it possible to purchase more equipment. Thanks to the installation of new water tanks on the school premises, the residents of local villages also became the beneficiaries of the project.