In pictures: School's in for the Moken
For many Moken boys and girls, there is little inspiration to stay in school. Most of their parents have never experienced school and don't see value in it.
Moken boys tend to follow in their father's footsteps and enjoy fishing and swimming in the sea while the girls generally stick with their mothers. Moken girls often marry young and drop out of school.
These Moken girls, who live on Lao Island in Ranong, have to take a boat from their village on one part of the island to school on another part.
Plan supports the school on Lao Island to help the girls and boys get the education they need to be able to better support themselves and their families in the future.
This is the Moken village on Lao Island. The stigma that comes with being Moken means many girls and boys try and hide their heritage for fear of being bullied at school. Wider understanding of the Moken would lead to greater acceptance.
The Moken have historically been sea-based, nomadic fisherfolk, but with development on the mainland and the impact of the tsunami and competition from the global fishing industry, the Moken have had to look for other ways to survive.
The Moken language isn't a written one and so this valuable part of Moken culture is under threat. "We don't want our language to disappear and we want the next generation to preserve it or else the Moken culture will be gone,” says Green (right), 14.
It's easy to see what the Moken value most in life. "Our community is beautiful: we have the beach, the sea, the mountains and the trees. We prefer the island as it is near the sea and there is less noise and crowds," says Chuli (centre), 12.