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

Kui Le Tor is a village located in the Tak province in Thailand, close to the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma). The province is inhabited by Burmese migrants and refugees from the Karen tribe who do not identify themselves with the Thai nationality or speak the Thai language. The local administration does not feel responsible for the education of the refugees and the Karen minority in the province. The schools attended by pupils from the Karen minority are underequipped, neglected and lacking in just about everything, from teaching staff to writing materials.

Due to the distance and lack of transport, teachers delegated by the Thai authorities to work in the school in Kui Le Tor are barracked in the teachers’ house. The house used to be a shed made of wooden planks and asbestos boards with a roof partly covered with leaves. After the shed inhabited by the teachers was partly damaged following heavy rainfall, the local authorities considered building a new housing facility as soon as possible. Because of limited funds, there was no certainty the construction would take place. Without housing for the teachers, the children of the Kui Le Tor village could no longer be taught.

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

The project consisted of the construction of a house in direct proximity to the primary school in the village of Kui Le Tor, close to Thailand’s border with Myanmar. The house was arranged into housing units for the teachers of the local primary school. It is fully functional and resistant to the local weather conditions.

By ensuring continuous availability of teaching staff for children in the primary school in Kui Le Tor, access to primary education was improved for the children of Burmese refugees of the Karen tribe. Participation in the project was the first experience for the school in Kui Le Tor with an institutional donor. Thanks to this, the school staff gained practical knowledge of cooperation with international aid donors.

The project, implemented in the period from 10 October to 29 December 2015, was an occasion to initiate cooperation with the local authorities, encouraging them to provide support for the school in Kui Le Tor and to take measures toward electrification of the village.

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

The project was a response to the shortage of teaching staff in the primary school in Kui Le Tor, attended by children of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar (formerly Burma). In direct proximity to the school, a house was erected with housing units for teachers delegated to work in Kui Le Tor. The house is fully functional and resistant to the local weather conditions. With housing being provided for the teachers, children will be able to attend the school six days a week.