Bridges: Participatory Action Research on
the Future of Migrant Education in Thailand
It is estimated that of the 350,000 migrant children living in Thailand, over 200,000 are currently out of school (Ministry of Education and Migrant Working Group, 2018). In recent years, powerful strides have been made to ensure migrant children from Myanmar receive a government-recognized education either from the Thai or the Myanmar Ministry of Education. A large-scale participatory action research project was undertaken to identify the perspectives of parents, teachers, educational leaders, and children enrolled in both Thai Formal Government Schools and Migrant Learning Centers. Over 1,700 participants were surveyed ranging from Tak to Ranong province by 26 leaders from 7 organizations supporting education for migrant children. The report provides critical insights from the ground on the future of education for migrant children in Thailand.
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The Education Quality Framework (EQF) was developed to provide consistent standards of educational quality in Migrant Learning Centers (MLCs), through a comprehensive process of consultations and workshops with migrant education stakeholders beginning in November 2015. Please find the 2018-2019 EQF Summary Report in English, Thai and Myanmar Language.
Migrant Teacher Recognition Briefer
A 1-page briefer summarizing the collective efforts of TeacherFOCUS and out partners to support the recognition of migrant teachers
World Teachers’ Day 2018 Message from TeacherFOCUS Myanmar
6 Recognized Basic Educational Options for Migrant Children
Together with our partners Help Without Frontiers Foundation (HWF), Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC), Burmese Migrant Teachers Association (BMTA), the Migrant Education Coordination Center (MECC), and the Migrant Education Integration Initiative (MEII) an overview document outlining the 6 recognized basic educational pathways available for migrant children living on the Thai-Myanmar Border was developed. All children deserve access to a quality, recognized education that enables them to continue their education.
"The goal of education is to enable individuals to continue their education"
- John Dewey
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Teacher Needs
Teachers need more than training. Over the past 6 months we have witnessed teachers in action and seen incredible creativity, adaptability and dedication to providing the highest quality education possible. In our aim to support teachers through capacity building we are also aware that teachers need more than training. To reflect this, we have adapted Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to reflect the needs we have heard from teachers. Inspired by the work of @sguditus / Steve Guditus
QUALITY STANDARDS IN MIGRANT LEARNING CENTERS
The Education Quality Framework (EQF) was developed to provide consistent standards of educational quality in Migrant Learning Centers (MLCs). The EQF was developed through a comprehensive process of consultations and workshops with migrant education stakeholders beginning in November 2015, originally facilitated by World Education Thailand. Following a pilot of the tool in the 2016-2017 academic year, the EQF was implemented in 38 MLCs in 2017-2018 with the support of school headmasters.
The EQF tool is available in Myanmar language, Thai and English and has been approved by the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Education. The EQF specifically focuses on contextual issues faced by migrant learning centers and systems-level structures in place within schools. In the 2017-2018 academic year, Help Without Frontiers Foundation, the Burmese Migrant Teachers’ Association, the Burmese Migrant Workers’ Education Committee and TeacherFOCUS Myanmar worked together to conduct assessments and develop the recommendations in the attached document. Help Without Frontiers Foundation Thailand Burmese Migrant Workers' Education Committee Migrant Teachers Mecc Tak Pesao II