Meet Our Students (23): Moo’s Story

My name is Moo. I was born in 2008 in a village in Myawaddy, Karen state. I have 6 siblings; of them, only 3, including me, attend school. After I finished grade 4, my parents faced a financial difficulty and they could no longer fully support my education. As a result, they sent me to their long-term friend, who resides in a refugee camp in Thailand.

I want to be an engineer, which has been my dream since I was a little child. Although I don’t know exactly what to study and how to prepare for achieving my dream but the concept of engineer has always fascinated me.

 

My name is Moo[1]. I was born in 2008 in a village in Myawaddy[2], Karen state[3]. I have 6 siblings; of them, I am the youngest. 3 older siblings are married and other 3, including me, attend school. My parents are tenant farmers. They spend most of their time at the farm, growing season crops, such as rice, bean, and corn.

After I finished grade 4 in Burma, my parents faced a financial difficulty and they could no longer fully support my education. As a result, they sent me to their long-term friend, who resides in a refugee camp in Thailand. The reason for behind this is that schools in the camps provided free education to migrant and displaced children from Burma and for me to continue having access to education. My village is close to the Thai-Burma border, so it took only half a day to cross the border. I think it was when I was about 12-year old. I spent several years in the camp and left the camp to attend a migrant learning centre in Mae Sot[4] where provides post-secondary education. I believed and still believe that I will have more opportunities to learn more about the world and have deeper knowledge if I pursue further study. I have grown up in Thailand so I don’t want to go back to Burma to study anymore.

Hsa Thoo Lei Boarding House

My Education

This year I am in grade 10 at Hsar Thoo Lei Migrant Learning Centre.  My favorite subject at school is English because firstly it is an international language so I can have better access to knowledge and information. Secondly, it is necessary and helpful for me to pursue further study at university.

After graduation, although I haven’t decided yet I want to have a degree that leads me to get a good job and make enough money so that I can support my family.

Hsa Thoo Lei Boarding House

Hsa Thoo Lei Boarding House

Boarding House

I have been living in Hsa Htoo Lei boarding house for 3 years. I think living in the boarding house has a lot of advantages – I feel safe and protected, and most importantly we have access to education. In addition, there are various chances I can improve skills throughout various courses, such as summer English course and computer training, etc.

I was selected as a group leader. I am glad that I am a group leader because I have learned how to lead people and how to engage people more in some tasks through the experience.

During my free time, I either play cane ball and volleyball or do assignments.

My Dream

I want to be an engineer, which has been my dream since I was a little child. Although I don’t know exactly what to study and how to prepare for achieving my dream but the concept of engineer has always fascinated me.

Dry Food Programme

I personally think that the Dry Food programme is indispensable for children like me. Without the programme, we are not able to live in the boarding house and go to school because most of us are from a poor family. We feel safe and protected. Most importantly we are given access to education. I think without the support, we might have ended up becoming low skill workers regardless of age. So, I think this programme is crucial not only for me but also for other children living in the boarding house. I’d like to say “thank you” to all donors for the generous support and contribution.

 

(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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Poor economic conditions and the lack of educational facilities are forcing students to leave their hometowns in Burma, and seek education and protection along the Thai-Burma border. Boarding houses ensure children access to education and protection. The Dry Food Programme provides food rations to 1,952 children and staff at 23 boarding houses in migrant communities (Thailand) and 15 boarding houses in IDP areas (Burma) managed by the Karen Women Organisation (KWO). The programme provides boarding house children with basic food provisions every month. Children living in the boarding house are protected from child labour and trafficking.

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[1] For student’s privacy, we used an alias.

[2] Myawaddy is a town in southeastern Myanmar, in Kayin (Karen) State, close to the border with Thailand. Separated from the Thai border town of Mae Sot by the Moei River (Thaung Yinn River). [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myawaddy]

[3] 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.

[4] Mae Sot is a city in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma to the west. It is notable as a trade hub and for its substantial population of Burmese migrants and refugees. Mae Tao Clinic is located in Mae Sot [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Sot]

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