KWO also runs nursery schools in IDP camps and areas in Karen State inside Burma. Children’s families have been forced to flee their villages due to conflict and attacks by the Burmese junta. Despite the circumstances we are able to provide enrichment, nutrition, and care to hundreds of children as well as training for teachers.
Since May 2008, KWO has given financial support to Nursery schools in 5 districts of Karen State: Mu Traw, Du Thu Htu, Doo Pla Ya, Kler Lweh Tu and Pa an. The schools are managed by local KWO staff.
Since 2006, when Ei Tu Hta camp was established, KWO has been supporting the nursery schools for IDP children who live there. There are 5 Nursery Schools with a total of about 400 children receiving daily lessons and care.
Parents Workshops: Parents of young children in Ei Tu Hta IDP camp were given the opportunity to attend 4 half-day training sessions on early childhood development
Teacher Training: Teachers in Ei Tu Hta IDP camp are given a 10 day training each year during the April school holidays.
Family Days: In all of the schools in the Ei Tu Hta IDP camp project, and in Mae La Oo and Mae Ra Moe Refugee camps, we conducted short opening and closing ceremonies each school year, plus a family day to celebrate the festive season in December. These were designed to encourage family involvement and included speeches by staff and community leaders and performances by the children.
Teacher Training KWO trainers in refugee camps cannot easily reach the Nursery School teachers in Karen State. Currently we provide 10 days of training, once per year. The area coordinators then returned to their districts and provided training to the teachers in that area, either through a central group training session, or by visiting individual schools, or a combination both.