Learning Resource Project
Supporting migrant children with the resources they need to learn
The situation of children in Mae Sot, Thailand
Most children come to Mae Sot after fleeing violence or poverty at the hands of the military government in neighbouring Myanmar. Not recognized by the Thai government, these children are at tremendous risk of being trafficked or subjected to child labour.
To provide these children with an education, a safe place and often a home, a network of about 60 migrant schools has developed. Without government funding, these schools rely on community ingenuity and the generous donations of individuals and organizations to cover essentially all operating costs. Imagine Thailand has been working with migrant schools since 2004. Our work focuses on providing practical assistance like water filtration systems, school sponsorships, medical supplies, health education and learning resources.
The case for learning resources
Remember your elementary school classroom, full of posters, pictures, books, blocks and toys? And your elementary school gym equipment room with basketballs, soccer balls, hockey sticks, and gymnastic mats available to play with and exercise? There was always something to do and always a creative way to make learning easier and more fun. But resources don't only exist for fun: they exist because young children learn best through play and interaction.
In Mae Sot, most schools lack these resources. Though they may have basic curriculum, the walls are blank, the toy bins missing or empty and there are definitely no large rooms full of gym equipment. Most of the additional resources that stimulate learning simply aren’t available. Without resources, students' education is hindered.
A solution: cluster sharing groups
Imagine Thailand is putting together bins of themed resources for schools to share. One bin may focus on colours while another focuses on shapes, numbers or the alphabet. Schools, divided into clusters of four, will use resources for one week at a time before passing the bins on to the next school in the cluster. Each cluster will receive a new theme of bins every month, ensuring a steady supply of new materials to help students learn.
While it would be ideal for each school to have their own resources, sharing is the most cost effective option to get the most benefit to the most students as soon as possible.
The cost of each bin and learning resources is $100 and each cluster of four schools requires eight bins per grade. Additional bins and supplies can be added as needed and as funds become available. Donations of any amount are appreciated.
How to get involved
To make a donation, visit www.imaginethailand.org/donate/. Send us an email to let us know you’d like to direct your donation to the School Resources Project. To find out more about this project or discuss fundraising opportunities in your school, church or workplace, contact us.