refugee education

Since 1984, refugees from Myanmar have been fleeing to Thailand to escape conflict and human rights abuse. By December 2015 there were an estimated 103,803 refugees residing in nine government administered camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. The Royal Thai Government (RTG), who is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, considers these refugees illegal migrants and does not allow them to outside the camps or seek local integration into the Thai community. Refugees from Myanmar in Thailand have endured one of the longest protracted refugee situations in Asia resulting in most of the refugee population having no meaningful occupation or employable skills. As a result, refugees have significant social, psychological and protection concerns.

Vocational Training to Prepare for Transition (VTPT)

The VTPT project provides ten vocational training courses that align with market demand in Myanmar were provided to camp residents including such as sewing, cooking, basic electrics, hotel management, etc. These courses are certied by the OVEC in Thailand which cooperates with ADRA through the provincial vocational colleges. Certicates received are endorsed by the DTEV. Trainees also receive Life Skill training which prepare them for real life outside of the refugee context.

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Project Details

Location: Three refugee camps in Tak Province

Donors: DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Australia)

Beneficiaries 175

Budget: 522,778 USD

Duration: 07/01/15 – 30/06/18

Vocational Training To Prepare for Refugee Return (VTRR)

The VTRR project builds upon the success of the previous EU funded VTRM project by continuing to work closely with the Thai office of Vocational Education Commissioner (OVEC) and partner VT colleges to ensure qualitiy training courses are administered. It provides quality vocational skill development for 6,050 residents in the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Its overall objective is to prepare refugees for potential safe and voluntary return to Myanmar by increaseing livelihood skills and self reliance. Selected trainees are also given start-up grants to run small businesses in the camp.

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The VTRR project builds upon the success of the previous EU funded VTRM project by continuing to work closely with the Thai office of Vocational Education Commissioner (OVEC) and partner VT colleges to ensure qualitiy training courses are administered. It provides quality vocational skill development for 6,050 residents in the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Its overall objective is to prepare refugees for potential safe and voluntary return to Myanmar by increaseing livelihood skills and self reliance. Selected trainees are also given start-up grants to run small businesses in the camp.

Project Details

Location: Nine refugee camps in Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi & Ratchaburi Province

Donors: EU (European Union), DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Australia), ADRA Germany, Japanese Embassy

Beneficiaries: 175

Budget: 522,778 USD

Duration: 07/01/15 – 30/06/18

Refugee Educational Attainment & Development (READ II)

The READ project concentrates on implementing high quality primary and secondary education for refugees along the Thai-Myanmar border. A large receiver of the benets this project provides is Eden Valley Academy (EVA) located in Maela Camp, the largest refugee camp in the Tak Province. The school prepares refugee children for a better future through quality education.

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Project Details

Location Mae La Refugee Camp, Tha Song Yang Dsitrict, Tak, Kanchanaburi & Ratchaburi Province

Donors:  ADRA Australia, Private Donors

Beneficiaries 175

Budget: 522,778 USD

Duration: 07/01/15 – 30/06/18

Basic Education Support towards Transition (BEST II)

BEST is a project focused solely on the education of refugees by providing basic education services to refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. The project improves resources and learning materials such as textbooks and stationary sets, as well as provide other educational needs to the students in 82 target schools. It will allow refugees to return home or remain in Thailand with the needed knowledge and skills to deal with everyday life.

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Project Details

Location: Nine refugee camps in Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi & Ratchaburi Province

Donors: EU (European Union), DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Australia)

Beneficiaries: 117,000

Budget: 2,127,600.00 USD

Duration: 30 Months