Mae Sot Education Project
A youth volunteer project to assist refugee and migrant children from Myanmar (Burma) living in Mae Sot, Thailand and to help Canadians better understand the plight of people displaced by repression and conflict.
News and Events
2021 has become a year of waiting for MSEP – waiting for COVID lockdowns to end, waiting for migrant learning centres in Mae Sot to reopen, waiting for travel to Thailand to become a real possibility for our volunteers. Meanwhile, migrant educators in Mae Sot continue to create and deliver learning activities for isolated migrant children while the people of Myanmar/Burma continue to resist the violence and destruction unleashed by the military coup in their country. In the wake of other urgent global crises, the international community seems to have forgotten their struggle. Our solidarity and support are even more important than usual.
To our friends in Canada and beyond: We are so grateful for your constancy in supporting our work at a time when fundraising possibilities are very limited.
To our partners and friends in Mae Sot: We are with you in spirit. We will continue to provide what support we can, and we look forward to the time when we can meet face to face. As we have said before, your work on behalf of migrant children, your persistence and determination inspire us. There is no more worthy project than that of providing education and security, and thereby creating hope for the future, to children.
A notice: MSEP will be recruiting volunteers for 2022 in the coming months. The criteria will remain the same as during this current year. Please consult our Volunteering page and / or contact us for more information on how to apply.
If you would like to support us, go to the Donate Now page for instructions on how to donate online or by cheque.
In the wake of the forced displacement of Rohingya people from western Myanmar, we at MSEP affirm the shared humanity of all people regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, economic standing or nationality. Every human being needs and deserves dignity and respect. In working for migrant education, we strive through our volunteers to promote children’s understanding of the fundamental rights that all humans need in order to have well-being and fulfillment as they journey through life. These rights include physical and mental security, equality, nationality, freedom of expression and religion as well as the right to a home and to full membership in society.
As one of our former volunteers said recently:
“Educating children about simple human decencies, such as kindness and compassion, the respect and acceptance needed regarding each of our similarities and differences and the rights and dignities we all share, is the only sure way we have of securing hope that the future will be made brighter and more just for all of us.”
We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to achieve this future for Myanmar and for the world.
Our Partners Speak
Video created in 2017 by Emily Prangley Desormeaux: