Why We Do It
For many children in Thailand, attending school is either not an option or they are enrolling much too late. Despite positive changes made in Thai education policy over recent years, the prospect of seeing the inside of a classroom remains a distant dream for many inhabitants of the country’s rural Northern provinces.
The resultant poverty too often makes the fulfillment of child rights logistically cumbersome. Along the fringes of poverty exists a lack of social support and scarce socioeconomic opportunities. It is a place in which children are at the most risk and likelihood to be swept into abusive sectors of work shielded from law-based wage regulations and safety conditions. It is ultimately where they are most likely to fall into the hands of slave labor and/or sexual exploitation.
- Make available schooling to children currently without education in the most impoverished northern Thai provinces.
- Offer community development and support to target locations to ensure sustainability and self-sufficiency of educational programs.
- Emphasize leadership development qualities among children, reinforce creativity, and create group cohesion and support.
- Build child protection mechanisms and reinforce supporting values and attitudes within the communities.
- Create self-awareness with respect to job skills and occupational opportunities to ensure that children throughout the communities are able to make the appropriate decisions regarding their future prospects.
- Begin to alleviate strain on impoverished communities and provide tools and expertise for sustainable development to support educational initiatives.
- Prevent children at risk from entering any form of slave labor, the commercial sex industry, or any other form of exploitation.
- Raise awareness of children’s rights and prevent the violation thereof.
- Strengthen the target areas’ cultures, values and beliefs with the express intent of securing the children’s future and maximizing their capacities to aspire.