Liberty Thawda, our Deputy Director of Education and Child Protection is visiting Campie School in Musselburgh, Scotland to share culture and learning as part of a global schools partnership which links Campie and MTC’s CDC School.
The partnership between the two schools was established in 2009 as part of the UK Government’s Global Schools Programme (GSP). The programme paid for teacher exchange visits, but ended in 2011. Liberty’s visit this year is funded by the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Education (DASSK) Trust, which found out about the partnership when Campie pupils went to visit Westminster last year to promote their link.
So far, four Campie teachers have been to visit CDC, and Liberty is the fourth Burmese teacher to come to Musselburgh.
This is Liberty’s first experience of life outside Asia. She said: “I cannot believe that such wonderful schools exist. The children at Campie are wonderful, they know so much about Burma and CDC and are always asking such intelligent questions.
“We have told the children not to take their education for granted as they are so lucky. I wish all children in the world went to a school that was as good as Campie.”
As well as attending events and meetings in Musselburgh, Liberty has also visited Karen communities in Sheffield and London and seen MPs at Westminster.
Gaynor Allen, a parent at Campie School and Musselburgh Grammar School, who is hosting Liberty and has led the Global Schools Partnership at the school, said: “Our relationship with the Burmese community both in Mae Sot and locally has made a massive difference to our school. Our children have a deeper understanding of the world and of people’s very different lives throughout the world.”
We thank the organisers of the Campie school exchange and the DASSK Trust for making Liberty’s visit possible and helping to share knowledge about children’s lives and education on the Thai-Burma border.