Tak students learn to embrace migrant children as five schools follow Unicef's lead in promoting a more inclusive education
Watcharapong, 16, lives in a small wooden hut on the banks of the Moei River along the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sot district of Tak. His Myanmar father and mother work on the Myanmar side as wage workers while his younger sister works as a waitress at a casino there.
Every day, Watcharapong and his other sister Araya, 12, walk on an earthy pathway for about half an hour to Baan Ta Art School, which is a buffer school, in the district. A buffer school provides knowledge about Asean, and teaches one Asean language depending on the country where the school is close to -- in this case the language is Burmese. What is special about this school is that even though it is situated on Thai soil, about 88% of its students are Burmese nationals....[Read more]