BENEFITING: BURMESE REFUGEE PROJECT INC
Our Montessori preschool in rural Thailand is turning one year old! Our team of qualified educators and volunteers, and the Burmese Shan refugee children for which the school was founded, have learned a lot. They, and we, have progressed in the areas of creativity, cooperation, and compassion. Day by day we see amazing advances in language, arts, reasoning, empathy, green living, and more.
With your help, our school has had a fantastic positive impact on the lives of the 3 to 6 year olds that we serve. Your help is critical, if we are to expand our facilities and staff to accommodate them in a program for ages 7 to 9. We will love nothing more than to continue to provide them with a wonderful educational experience, far beyond what is offered at the local schools, that merely 'warehouse' children, and won't even officially allow refugee children to graduate, if they are even allowed to attend.
Banyan school's revolutionary program uses highly qualified teachers, low teacher/student ratios, and a carefully designed curriculum. The causes of peace and social justice are furthered through the mutual understanding arising from a mixed classrooom - refugee students study alongside more priviliged local children, many of which are native English speakers(whose tuition fees help to subsidize the scholarships for refugees).
Our hope is that the wonderful results of what Banyan school is doing will serve as a model, proving what is possible when children from a largely illiterate, repressed minority background are given the advantages of not just an average education, but a truly outstanding program, of the type normally reserved for the wealthy elite. And it's in a safe, healthy, pedagogically sound, and loving environment.
How you can help
Volunteer. Are you or is someone you know, a qualified, Montessori trained educator or administrator, willing to make a minimum 6 month commitment to come and help us expand our services in Thailand? Learn more about the one year old Banyan School initiative and the 10 year old Burmese Regugee Project umbrella organization.
Whether you are an educator or not - if you are reading this, and you have some friends, you can help us to succeed in seeing that a few lucky children from refugee families get what every child deserves, and what is necessary for a healthy democracy - a top-notch education.
Donate and/or fundraise. Not ready to volunteer? You can show your support in so many other ways. Click the DONATE button on the top right of this page or go one step further by spreading the word through a fundraising page of your own. Just click the JOIN THE TEAM button and help us create inspiring educational opportunities, combat illiteracy, and empower refugee youth , for themselves, their communities, and the planet.
Spread the word. And if you donate, don't forget to tell all your friends about your donation by posting it on your facebook!.
- The Banyan Team