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Basic Education for Moken

Education for Economic Security

Plan International Thailand works with the communities and schools in responding to the learning needs of children who have no access to basic education. Plan Thailand collaborated with the Department of Non-formal Education in Chiang Mai in a number of different ways, including: support for volunteer teachers and support for Thai teachers that have local language barrier limitations (in 14 remote schools). Volunteer teachers play a key role in assisting with local language translations, teaching students where appropriate, and cooking lunch for students.

Plan Thailand together with partners co-organised several workshops and field visits for Aum and other children in promoting self-initiative and teamwork among the Moken children.

“My name is Aum and I am 11 years old. I’m a Moken student at Chao Thai Mai School, Phang Nga province. I and my friends were born in Baan Tab Pla.  I dream that one day our village will be famous in ecotourism, water sports and local dancing – moreover, my mom is the best cook in the world!” said Aum.

Over the past 3 years, under our Isolated Indigenous Children Project, Plan Thailand has provided basic education services to more than 203 Moken (seafarer tribals) students who are stateless and have language and cultural barriers.