Meet Our Students (19): Nan Mu Naung’s Story

I came to Thailand in 2016. My dad passed away when I was around 11 years old. He drank every day and neglected parenting and family support. Due to the financial difficulties, my brothers and I had to leave the school but I was given the chance at CDC school to continue my study. I want to become a teacher so that one day I would go back to my village and teach the younger generation.


My name is Nan Mu Naung. I was born in January 1999. I am from Karen state[1], came to Thailand in 2016. I have 3 siblings including me; I am the youngest. My dad passed away when I was around 11 years old. My dad abused substances, especially alcohol; he drank every day and neglected parenting and family support. My mom suffered from his drink habit. Due to the alcohol abuse, my dad was psychologically unstable and took an extreme step by leaving this world.

My mom is very dedicated to her children. While my dad did not work to support the family, she always tried her best to support us. Despite how hard she worked, she could not afford school fees for my older brothers. They had to leave the school and started working instead; they studied until grade 4 and 5 respectively. Most villagers are subsistence or tenant farmers. Some have their own farm but my family. My mom and brothers worked together, trying to send me to school but I had to leave the school when I was in grade 3 as my mom is often sick and cannot afford the school fees. One day, she met a health worker from Mae Tao Clinic who talked to her about Children’s Development Centre that provides accommodation and education to children from Burma who are deprived of access to education. When she shared this news with us, we were very happy that I can have access to education regardless of our financial situation. I am currently in grade 10 at CDC school.

Boarding house

I like living in the boarding house although I live apart from my family. I made many friends here and I can go to school without concern over money. I feel very safe and all the staff at the boarding house are very kind. I also really like all the foods provided in the boarding house.

My dream

I want to become a teacher. I hope one day I would go back to my village and teach the younger generation. I think there are not enough teachers in my village and absolutely need more.

Dry Food Programme

I really appreciate donors who are providing food and education to children like me. With your generous contribution, we are entitled to have access to the fundamental right to education. Again, I want to say “Thank You So Much”.


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.