Helping Burmese students learn
Burmese students at the Hsa Mu Htaw learning center. Suttida Lalamo (third from the left) said that she wants to stay in Thailand and become fluent in the Thai language. (Photo: Peter Biro/IRC)
MAE SOT, Thailand - It’s recess at the Hsa Mu Htaw learning center in Mae Sot, a town in northwestern Thailand. The playground is brimming with energy. Laughing children chase each other, skip rope and kick footballs. Although the learning center looks like any other school in the area, there is one major difference: All of the students are refugees from neighboring Myanmar and the center is not recognized as an official school by the Thai authorities.
Lunch break at one of the learning centers for Burmese students along the Thailand-Myanmar border. (Photo: Peter Biro/IRC)