The Good Shepherd Learning Centre provides basic education for the disadvantaged migrant children. The children learn Thai, Burmese and English. We work closely with the Ministry of Education. Since 2016, we adopted the Burmese curriculum, Mathematics, History, Science, etc., in addition to Thai and English classes.
The main objective of the Centre is to equip the children with basic literacy skills which would enable them to integrate into the Thai education system if their parents continue to stay on in Thailand or the Myanmar education system if they return to their country.
In our GSLC, we currently welcome over 180 migrant children and adolescents aged between 5 and 17 years. They are divided into 7 classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
In 2016, 50 students were integrated into the Thai School and can hope for better opportunities. Scholarships are granted to the students going to Thai schools. Currently, 35 children are being sponsored for their monthly school expenses. G A L L
Poverty leading to the transient nature of economic migrants families which de-stabilises the children
Children are not able to assimilate in the public schools due to language, culture, economic status
Immigration laws that do not facilitate the regularization of long staying undocumented economic migrants (especially those in 3D jobs)
Involvement of parents primary to ensuring the child remains in school
Empowerment of migrant community encourages support for families and children
Networking with other NGOs and civil society organizations crucial in effective advocacy as well creating a safe space for human rights defenders
Engagement with local stakeholders (Thai employers and local authority) important in educating the host country
Engaging transient migrant parents, to show that education is a long term solution in ending the cycle of poverty
Providing the graduates with employable skills for self sustainability
Convincing stakeholders in host country to look beyond economic gains to human rights entitlement of the migrants
Sustainability of the programme (human and financial resources)