KWO Special Education Project TOT Training

For the 2018-19-project period, KWO Special Education Project conducted TOT training in four places: Mae La and Ma Ra Moe, Bang Dong Yang, and Htam Him. Every year there are new teachers who need to be trained.

From 9 to 18 May 2018, we conducted training for participants from three camps; Mae La, Umpiem and Nu poe camp in Mae La Camp. There were 24 participants. They were field coordinators, school directors, trainers, and teachers.

From 24 May to 2 June 2018, the training took place in Mae Ra Moe. There were 18 participants.

From 4 to 12 June 2018, the training took place in Bang Dong Yang and Tham Him. For Bang Dong Yang and Htam Him, the trainers separated themselves and provided training for the school director and all teachers in two sites.

The training topics included:

  • Review of Individual Education Plans
  • The daily program training and (4) months per one time we put the goal of each child
  • Review of children with disabilities (meaning and how to work with them)
  • The management project
  • The children meeting program
  • The review back project activities tables
  • Accounting

The trainings were provided by Naw Eh Shee, NawHsaLer Paw, Naw Stone Paw, NawHtee Moo SheendNaw Paw PlaWah.

The strengths of this training

  • All of the teachers in the training were very happy, worked in the small groups together and shared their experiences on what they had done.

  • The participants were interested in the training and showed this by asking questions when they did not understand.
  • The teachers had improved and developed their writing teaching plan for each day, and trusted each other in their work because of the frequency of the training
  • For new teachers who had the training for the first time, they were able to use this knowledge in their project activities to advance the learning of their students
  • The topic was new and useful for learning about special education. The training will help the teachers to understand how the they can work better and support their students
  • Beneficial for teachers to give confidence for their students.
  • The training provided different ways to understand different types of children and learning styles – and how they can adapt their teaching styles to benefit each student appropriately
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Early Childhood Development Education (TOT) Training

 

In May 2018, the KWO Early Childhood Development Education project conducted TOT for project senior staff, field coordinators, trainers, head teachers and teachers. This TOT training had not been organized since 2014.

In May we conducted this training in Mae Ra Moe camp. The training lasted 21 days starting on 7th May 2018 and finished on 2 June 2018. The people who participated the training included 34 representatives from Mae Ra Moe and 20 from Mae La Oo camps. They were senior field coordinators, head trainers, school directors, teachers, and field coordinators from Mae La Oo, CBT, Early Childhood Development Education, Project Coordinator, Early Childhood Development Education Project Assistant and Karen State Early Childhood Development Education Project Coordinator and Karen State Early Childhood Development Education Project Assistant. All of the participants were women.

This training was given by:

  1. Thara Mu Moo Ra Say- Field Head Teacher Trainer
  2. Thara Mu La Lay Paw- Head Senior Field Coordinator  
  3. Thara Mu Kae Lai Byew-Supervision
  4. Thara Mu Stone Paw-Accountant
  5. Thara Mu Htee Moo Shee-Accountants

The training topics:

  1. The growth of child.
  2. Child Rights.
  3. Teacher quality.
  4. Two question types.
  5. Good teacher stories.
  6. Time management programs.
  7. Teaching programs.
  8. Management programs.
  9. Hygiene and cleaning.
  10. Nutrition Food.
  11. Smart Objectives.
  12. Five important questions can ask yourself when you work with your organization.
  13. Teaching framework has (5) elements.
  14. The situation of the environment.
  15. Child protection has (5) aspects.
  16. Words used in objective writing.
  17. Training plan.
  18. Child protection (or) child rights.
  19. Role of trainers.
  20. The growth of children has (4) types.
  21. Human needs.
  22. Child psychology.
  23. Action plan.
  24. Teaching program and review of the curriculum.

This training included new topics that were beneficial to the trainees attending. The participants shared that their knowledge increased and had a greater understanding of the topics introduced. Some of the trainers from Mae La Oo camps were new so they had less to share because of a lack of experience background. Another challenge was that trainings held in the daytime saw fewer participants because attendees were taking care of their families.

Refugee Activists Discuss Pressure to Return from Thai-Myanmar Border at Chiang Mai Seminar

At a public seminar in Thailand last week, Karen and Karenni officials raised concerns about the increasing pressure for refugees to return from the Thai-Myanmar border as international funding for camps dries up.

“The refugees from the Thai-Myanmar border are not ready to return home,” said Naw Elizabeth, deputy director of the Karenni Education Department, who took part in the September 13 seminar at Chiang Mai University.

“We discussed the need for international donors to continue their support as the refugees’ continue to have basic unmet needs [like] education and health,” she added.

The public event, called “Syria to Myanmar: Who are Refugees?” was organized by the US Embassy in Thailand and Chiang Mai University. About 100 people attended, included members of refugee and internally displaced persons assistance groups like the Border Consortium, the Karen Refugee Committee, the Karenni Education Department and the Shan Women’s Action Network.

Over 100,000 refugees live in nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border while over 3,000 Karen IDPs remain at the Ei Tu Hta temporary shelter and over 6,000 Shan IDPs are residing in camps along the Thai-Shan border, according to refugee activists. They added that after the Myanmar government and ethnic armed organizations signed ceasefire agreements and started implementing the peace process beginning in 2011, pressure has escalated for refugees and IDPs to return to their homes. While international aid organizations, swamped with other, fresher crises, are forced to dedicate resources elsewhere, the Myanmar refugees say their needs are increasingly going unmet, while lack of livelihoods in their original villages, and in some cases the threat of landmines and fresh conflict, prevents an easy return.

“The international community does not know the real situation of our refugees. I’m glad to have the chance to explain how the issues occurring at the Karen refugee camps are directly related to Myanmar politics,” said Saw Hay Soe Thar Ko, an education officer with the Karen Refugee Committee.

According to participants, a foreign student also discussed the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State at the seminar. Over 400,000 Muslim residents have fled over the border to Bangladesh in the past month, while 30,000 Buddhist and Hindu villagers have been internally displaced by fighting between an insurgent group and the Tatmadaw.

  • Written by Saw Shar/ KIC News

The original article can be viewed via BNI at:

http://www.bnionline.net/news/karen-state/item/3497-refugee-activists-discuss-pressure-to-return-from-thai-myanmar-border-at-chiang-mai-seminar.html

KWO Three Year Report for 2014, 2015 and 2016

A selection of figures from some of our projects:

  • 6,087 children were supported through KWO Nursery schools in 2014; 5,939 in 2015 and 5,693 in 2016.
  • Nursery schools are in 6 districts of Karen State, 2 refugee camps in Thailand, and Ee Tu Hta IDP camp.
  • 11,194 Baby kits were distributed to women in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by KWO. These were distributed across the 7 districts of Karen State and in Ee Tu Hta IDP camp, Karen State.
  • 28 young women graduated from KWO’s KYWLS in 2014. 18 graduated in 2015. 26 graduated in 2016.
  • Every year KWO runs activities centering on the International Campaign 16 days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 all together 41, 022 men and women were engaged in these actions

Download the full three year report in English: KWO three year report (2014 – 2016)