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.

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

transforms lives

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

encourages critical thinking and personal growth

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

facilitates exchange of knowledge and skills

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

makes a better world

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

creates empathy and understanding

News and Events

August 2020

As the COVID-19 season continues, we want our supporters and friends in Canada to know that MSEP has been continuing its work. While Migrant Learning Centres in Mae Sot remain closed, some of us have been “Zooming in English” with migrant students during this time to provide them with encouragement. We have also sent some financial assistance to our partners. Here in Canada, our annual raffle is still on and we are planning a “physically distanced garden party” to announce the winners and enjoy your company in late September. Meanwhile, you can pick up raffle tickets from Project Committee members. Watch for details about the raffle drawing event and let us know if you would like to attend!

Our big news this fall is that recruitment for the project has changed. We will be recruiting volunteers for both three-month and six-month volunteer opportunities in Mae Sot. Volunteers will also be asked to make a financial contribution. Go to our page on volunteering with MSEP for more information.

To our partners and friends in Mae Sot: We continue to be committed to providing you with some financial assistance as we have in past years and look forward to the time when we can meet face to face. For now, we hope that you will all stay well and that you are able to carry on with your important education work during this difficult time. We are impressed by your efforts to provide “home-based learning” for children and to prepare your schools for opening – with government approval. Your perseverance inspires us!

Read our latest newsletter: COVID-19 Update, May 2020

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: