In the 2018 end-of-year reports for our education projects in Thailand, teachers singled out two outstanding students. Usually, female students earn this honor. This time it was refreshing to see young men get chosen (see below). They are both scholarship students. This is how their teachers see them:

 

Sai Merng:

Sai Merng is one of the outstanding students from Karn Kanook 1. He is studying in vocational college. Currently, he is 18 years old. He has been studying with SYP for eleven years. At the beginning, his English level was very low compare to other students, but currently, his English is better and got a B+ for English subject. His speaking also has improved because he is not only joining English class in construction site but he also studies his English at Seed center. Overall, his GPA is 3.67. His personality is great, helpful. He always volunteers to things when he knows teachers or friends need. His Math and Shan Language have improved a lot as well, because he could help teacher for teaching in a small class.

 

Sai Aung Sar:

Sai Aung Sar is a 14 old boy, who studies in grade 8. He is very proactive, communicative, and friendly. His talent is singing songs. He has a good voice and is able to sing different types of song in Thai. He is the one who communicates with all the students and parents if there is any activity in the camp. He will
always help when teachers need or friends need him. He has improved his English subject both in Thai School and SYP’s school.

 

Here is an overview of Shan migrant school students:

View 17: 10 boys, aged 8 to 15; 15 girls, aged 9 to 19; Total 25 Students

Karn Kanook 1: 12 boys, aged 10 to 20; 9 girls, aged 8 to 16; Total 21 Students

Karn Kanook 2: 11 boys, aged 7 to 13; 18 girls aged 7 to 18; Total 29 students

See Some of our Teachers Below: (Three of them were our former scholarship students)

Some teachers are studying in universities and were not present for this photo. Head teachers are Ying, third from left, and Hseng Murng, far right.

Some teachers are studying in universities and were not present for this photo. Head teachers are Ying, third from left, and Hseng Murng, far right.

Extra-Curricular School Activities: Shan New Year is celebrated by teachers and students at year’s end. Teachers facilitate gift exchanges in the schools, wherein students exchange gifts costing 40 baht (a bit over $1.00 US each), but beautifully wrapped by the stores where they are purchased. Teachers and outsiders are allowed to spend about $3.00 U.S. each.

This winter board member,Yvonne Garcia (back row, second from right below), monitored education activities in Chiang Mai.

Poon Yaing Shan New Year Gift Exchange.

Poon Yaing Shan New Year Gift Exchange.

Above: Teachers relax after gift exchange party, View 17 School.

Above: Teachers relax after gift exchange party, View 17 School.

Ko Aung: The last couple of years Ko Aung, a renowned Shan activist, has visited the schools and brought supplies to the children.  He was imprisoned in Burma during the 1988 student uprising to protest oppressive government policies. In this photo, he is standing with three of our teachers.

A teacher hands out scholarship money.

A teacher hands out scholarship money.

Scholarships: Shan students receive scholarships from us in amounts ranging from $30 per year for elementary school children (the cost of a uniform and shoes); and ranging from $100, $200, or $300 per year for high school and vocational school students, depending upon how far they must travel to attend school. (Transportation costs are expensive.)

In Poon Yaing Migrant Camp, we have befriended twin girls with warm clothing over the years. This year they will start first grade and will receive small scholarships to cover the cost of uniforms and shoes.

Many thanks to everyone who has helped to support these hard-working and deserving Shan parents, children, and youth.

We could not do it without you!

Submitted by: Bernice Johnson, President

                         Shan Refugee Schools, Inc.

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