Today in Thailand there is an estimated 400,000 migrant youth below the age of 16 years-old living in the country. Of those numbers, approximately 150,000 youth are in Thai public schools, with an additional 30,000 receiving education from Migrant Learning Centers. 

This leaves over 200,000 school-aged youth without access to education. 

For the past decades, tremendous efforts have been made to create both formal and informal learning opportunities for these youth. This year, a culmination of grassroots efforts paid off with the establishment of a cross-border education working group consisting of members of the Ministries of Education from both Thailand and Myanmar. Together with support from both governments, community-based organizations and Migrant Learning Centers are continuing their journey to create inclusive education systems for migrant youth in Thailand. However, there are many challenges that must be overcome before an effective system is in place – and many opportunities for groundbreaking-solutions! 

Join us at SEA Junction for an evening of discussion as we explore the migrant education situation in Thailand and its importance through film, group discussions, and conversations with leaders on the front lines and with organizations that support them!

Speakers:

  • Kyaw Kyaw Min Htut, President and co-founder of the BEAM Education Foundation which operates in Thailand and Myanmar. 

In the past 9 years, BEAM has benefited over 10,000 people. Kyaw Kyaw is the senior committee member and network coordinator of the Migrant Education Integration Initiative which reaches thousands of migrant teachers and students throughout Thailand. He serves as a committee member for the Alternative Education Policy Framework in Myanmar. Currently, he is collaborating with the Ministry of Education Myanmar, Ministry of Education Thailand and other partners to develop a cross-border education equivalency framework for migrant children.

  • Amanda Mowry, Partners Asia Program Manager, Thailand. 

Amanda has worked for the past 7 years in Asia with the INGO, public, and non-profit sectors as a researcher, grant manager, and project coordinator. Amanda learns from local leaders about the challenges facing their villages and the solutions their communities have developed. She takes this information and works to connect them with global resources while ensuring that programs remain locally designed and led. Amanda has Bachelors degrees in Asian Studies as well as Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, New York and has a Masters degree in Public Health from Thammasat University, Thailand. 

  • Naw Su Yadanar Oo, (Hsu Hsu), student at the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University in the Bachelor’s of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship program. 

She is originally from Karen State Myanmar and she has always been passionate about education. Some of her teachers have said that “She was born to teach.” She has volunteered as a teacher at a school in refugee camp and she has interned at an education foundation in Chiang Mai. Coming this far with her education has motivated Hsu Hsu to continue to pursue her passion in education.

  • Saw Dar Bo (Jeff), from Karen State in Myanmar, third-year undergraduate student in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at Thammasat University. 

He came to Thailand in 2008 to continue his studies along the Thai and Myanmar border. He is passionate about working on education and he wants to find alternative ways for young people who lack access to learning opportunities to access quality education. Seeing so many young people who are struggling for their education has always motivated him to do something for them.

Date & Time: Wed, December 4, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Register for the event from here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-inclusive-education-in-thailand-tickets-83566115501

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