Enhancing participatory citizenship for all: The importance of community learning centres
Education cannot be stolen
When he came to Thailand, he saw that many migrant students, refugees and poor Thai children had bleak prospects. Women often had to choose between finding a rich husband or going into prostitution. For men, the most common options were working as labourers or selling drugs. The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre was born to give these people better prospects.
Continuing her father’s legacy
But, in 2007, her father had a motorcycle accident which left him unable to work. Rosie and her mother vowed to continue his work. At the age of 17, she took on the role of adult educator at the centre her father had established. Once nurturing dreams to work abroad, Rosie stayed put to continue her father’s vision.
“When we pass away from this world, we cannot take anything with us. The only thing we will leave is our name and our visions and our work for the new generation to pick up”.
A wider system of support
Without Mae Hong Son Adult Education and Thailand Adult Education providing training opportunities for prospective teachers, people like Rosie would not be able to become adult educators and support thousands of learners through their local community learning centres.
For Rosie, the most important thing adult learners can take away from their classes is their ability to take all their knowledge and give back to society.
Expanding beyond Thailand
Last year, 10 students in Myanmar took online examinations in Thai. Students are also taught ICT skills, community development, livelihood subjects and local languages such as Burmese and Karenni, as well as English.
This year the programme has enrolled 35 adult students, many of whom have been severely affected by the ongoing conflict.