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

A new year begins – with a huge thank you from the Mae Sot Education Project team to all our partners and supporters, in both Canada and in Thailand.

2018 saw some positive developments in Mae Sot with regard to educational options for migrant children. With the migrant education community working more closely with governments, migrant learning centres play an increasingly important role in creating pathways for migrant and refugee children to transfer into formal education systems in both Thailand and Myanmar. Even though democracy and human rights for all in Myanmar are no closer to realization this year than last, we hope that through education, a new generation of critical thinkers and leaders may emerge, helping to create a more inclusive and humane political and social culture in the country. We at MSEP are honoured to be able to play a small role in this process. We are also grateful for the opportunity given our volunteers to participate in and learn from the migrant education community. As you will see from the messages below, their experience has been both deep and personal.

Read messages from our 2018 volunteers (PDF)

Other News:

  • Looking ahead to 2019 MSEP is facing a financial crisis. If you would like to support us, go to the Donate Now page for instructions on how to donate online or by cheque.
  • Our volunteer team left for Thailand on June 7th and is busy in Mae Sot, assisting our migrant school partners and sharing cultures.

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: