Bwe K’lar Learning Centre was established in 2005 by Paw Pa and his wife Chris Paw. Bwe K’lar School is situated in the village of Bwe K’lar, about 15 kilometers south of Mae Sot.
Bwe K’Lar is a Thai-Karen village where the Thai school does not allow children of undocumented parents to attend. Children come from families of Karen people displaced by poverty and fighting who live on the outskirt of the village and work daily in the fields. One third of the students live in boarding schools, since they come from come from families who live inside Burma and sent their children across the border to find safety and an education. The school offers education up to grade 7. Afterwards the children who wish to continue to study try to find their way to a boarding house attached to a High School in Mae Sot, usually Hsa Thoo Lei school. This year Saw Eh Kwee became headmaster. As a former teacher in Hsa Thoo Lei school, he has come to teach in Bwe K’Lar in 2006 and has never left. He is very dedicated to his school and he is trying hard to keep the standards high, even if funding for the school have been minimal.
A large, simple boarding house in bamboo with a tin roof is connected to the school and shelters the students whose parents are inside Burma or who work in other areas in Thailand. This year 48 children live in boarding schools. Two school teachers live together with the boarding children.