Meet Our Students (17): Eh Sant Ko Ka Yaung’s Story

My name is Eh Sant Ko Ka Yaung. When I was 1-month-old, my mom got divorced from my dad and left me with him.  She has her new family and lives in Thailand. My dad also remarried. I haven’t been able to talk with him since then. I just hope him to be happy with his new family. I completed the grade 4 with distinction last academic year. I believe that education is a key for the success in the future. If I have a chance, I want to continue my education like some of CDC graduates, who pursue their higher education.

 

My name is Eh Sant Ko Ka Yaung. I was born in May 2006 in Karen state.[1]  I have no siblings. My mom got divorced from my dad and left me with him when I was 1-month-old. I heard that she went to Bangkok in search of work after that and has her new family.

My dad raised me alone until when I was in grade 2. But he decided to send me to a boarding house as he could not afford the school fees, including transportation because my school was far from my home. Through my uncle who has been living in Thailand for years, I was sent to Children’s Development Centre (CDC) boarding house.[2]

I still talk to my mom, though not frequently. I heard from my uncle that my dad remarried. I don’t know where he lives now and I haven’t been able to talk with him. I just hope him to be happy with his new family.

Boarding House

It was quite challenging at first that I live in the boarding house. I guess that was because of homesick. I missed my parents so badly. I think time healed all my wounded feelings and I became to love living in the boarding house more and more. I made many friends and boarding house staffs are taking good care of us, which makes me feel that I am cared for. I made a best friend here, who always gives me a hand when I need a help — he helps me with my homework when I have a hard time to understand. When I want to play football, he gets permission from the boarding house staff for me. He is one year older than me but we are best friends.

I receive a monthly allowance from the boarding house. With that money, I normally buy snacks on my way to school. I like all food provided in the boarding because all food is good and full of nutritious.

My Education

I am in grade 5 at Children’s Development Centre (CDC) school. I completed the grade 4 with distinction last academic year. I try my best at school. My favorite subject is English because I want to be good at the language. I believe that education is a key for the success in the future. If I have a chance, I want to continue my education like some of CDC graduates, who pursue their higher education.

My Dream

I love football more than anything. Almost every day I play football with friends in the boarding house. I want to become a football player when I grow up.

I would like to say thank to people who have been supporting us for many years. May your beautiful hands bring you more success in your work and in your lives.

 

CDC boarding house is one of the boarding houses directly supervised and managed by Mae Tao Clinic through dry food programme. There are 167 students living in the CDC boarding house and attending the CDC school.

(We conduct interviews with our students in accordance with the MTC Child Protection Policy. Interviews are conducted by our responsible Child Protection staff who are trained.)

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The Children’s Development Centre (CDC) has continued to provide education to displaced children from Burma. In the academic year 2017-2018, 880 students are enrolled. CDC works on accredited education for its students through the Thai Non-Formal Education (NFE) programme, currently followed by 114 students. The NFE programme enables CDC students with interest in Thai language to access accredited education. A second pathway to accredited education is the Pre-General Education Development (Pre-GED) programme, in cooperation with BEAM Education Foundation and Thabyay Education Foundation.

 

 

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[1] Karen State is a state of Myanmar. It is bordered by Thailand to the east. Majority of refugees and migrants along the Thai-Burma border are from Karen State.

[2] CDC school: While Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) began as a humble health service delivery organisation, it has evolved into an umbrella social services network for refugees, migrant workers and other displaced Burmese. As a focal point of these activities, we find that child protection is a rapidly growing area of need. The Children’s Development Centre (CDC) has continued to provide education to displaced children from Burma. In the academic year 2017-2018, 880 students are enrolled.