1. Address: Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center, 244, Moo 4, Tumbong Pang Moo, Maung District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand.
2. Total cost: 21400USD – inclusive of construction materials, labor wages and CCTV installation.
3. Purpose: To build a fence with a steel gate around the Community Learning Center and install CCTV within the school grounds to enhance security and safety of our students, staff and volunteers.
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), an NGO, was founded in 2004 by Mr. Kyaw Hla Sein, a Burmese Migrant, who worked in many villages along the Thai-Myanmar border. Throughout his work as a migrant in Thailand, he saw the struggles of refugees fleeing warfare from within Myanmar, migrants, and the poor Thais living along the Thai-Myanmar. He coordinated with the Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department and acquired the license needed to establish the Community Learning Center from the Governor of Mae Hong Son.
Most of the underprivileged youth living from these communities are unable to attend school due to poverty and resort to leaving their families and villages in search of work in the cities. They often marry early, work as domestic helpers or construction workers, and some even end up in the sex trade. Consequently, the incidence of drug abuse and the prevalence of HIV/AIDs increased within the communities. Hence, our community learning center serves as an opportunity for the disadvantaged youth to acquire the skills and education that can help them live a better life in the future. Successful graduates can bring back their newly acquired knowledge and expertise to their communities and spearhead initiatives and efforts to develop their communities.
Over the past few years, we have achieved numerous achievements and gained both national and international recognition for our efforts. The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center received the Best Practices Award from the Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department. We were also the winner of the UNESCO 2018 Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation. The Thailand Channel (ETV) and the Thai newspapers featured our community learning center too. We had a personal visit from the Ministry of Education, Thailand.
Our innovative program at the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center organizes was created out of years of experience working with refugee, migrant, and underprivileged Thai youth alongside collaboration with our diverse network of partners. Our distinctive 2-year education program consists of English, Thai, Burmese, and Karenni language subjects. Our unique geographic location necessitates the learning of multiple languages for communication. We also provide classes in computer literacy, vocational training, community development, social and environmental issues, ethics, and life skills. The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center creates opportunities for our students to participate in community service and development projects for the different communities living along the Thai – Myanmar border. We provide internship opportunities for its students with local CBOs and NGOs. We organize workshops and meetings with Mae Hong Son Non Formal Education Department, the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center student-parent committee and alumni, various organizations, and communities along the Thai–Myanmar border regularly.
The incomplete fence and weak main gate at the Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center had given rise to multiple incidents of trespassing by outsiders. These events have put the endangered the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers. It has also become increasingly difficult for our manager to oversee the school’s operations remotely whenever she is away.
The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center would like to build a cement fence around our school. The total length of fencing around the school will be 446 square meters. It will have a total of 192 grooves, the length per groove will be 2.5 meters and the height of the fence will be 2.4 meters.
The length from Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center's Main Gate to the volunteer teachers' house is 268 square meters. Along this section, we will build the fence to a height of 2.4 meters.
The length from the volunteer teachers' house to the spirit house is 178 square meters. Along this section, we will build the fence to a height of 1.5 meters. 6-pieces of barbed wire with a height of 0.9 meters will reinforce this section.
We plan to replace our current main gate with a new large steel gate to secure our school's main entry point.
Moreover, we will be installing a total of 10 CCTV cameras within the school grounds at the following locations:
- Main gate
- Classroom A
- Classroom B
- Computer Lab
- Male dormitory
- Female dormitory
- Dining Hall
Hence, with a sturdy fence and gate, we hope to bolster our school’s safety and security. The installation of CCTV cameras around the school will ensure we can keep an eye on all movements and identify anything suspicious or dangerous within the school grounds. Our manager will also be able to monitor the day to day activities at BNSCLC remotely.
Phornsawan Kitthanakhosit @ Rosie
Onsite Coordinator and Manager
Yohendran Nadar Arulthevan @ Yohen
Offsite Coordinator, Fundraising and Volunteer Manager