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
Finally, reengaging with our migrant education partners face-to-face seems within reach. During the last two years, faced with school shutdowns, migrant educators in Mae Sot have continued to be creative and resilient in delivering home-based learning activities and online courses to migrant children. Like teachers and students around the world, they are eager to be back in the classroom this year – and we are eager to assist them in this project!
Once again, we wish to draw attention to the harsh reality that, amidst understandable focus on other urgent global crises, the international community seems to have forgotten the struggle of the Burmese/Myanmar people against military dictatorship in Myanmar. Many people are crossing the border into Thailand. Their needs present new challenges to our partners. Our solidarity and support send a powerful message.
To our friends in Canada and beyond: We are so grateful for your constancy in supporting our work.
To our partners and friends in Mae Sot: 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 from Bishop’s University and Champlain College for 2023 in the fall. 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: