Hsa Thoo Lei school was founded by Naw Paw Ray in 1999 with 25 children. It has now developed in one of the biggest learning centres in Mae Sot area, with about 900 enrolled children in 2014-15 academic year between nursery, primary and high grades. It used to be a Karen school, however with the years it has become a school giving comprehensive quality education in Burmese language, where Karen and Thai languages are also taught. An important number of parents in the area, as well as in refugee camps, would like to send their children in this school, because the quality of the education is well-renowned.
The nursery is situated at the back of Hsa Thoo Lei’s school grounds and is sheltered by palm trees. A small stream runs behind the playground, with a bridge connecting the nursery to other school buildings. There is a large play equipment area for children, and the teachers understand the importance of imaginative play and developing social skills.
The aim is for the small children to feel happy, safe and develop a sense of belonging. It is the responsibility of teachers to care for students’ welfare and well-being whilst being at school. Throughout the morning nursery teachers read stories, recite poems, play games, and sing songs to engage with younger students. Children more than 4 years begin to learn basic reading and writing skills. They study 4 languages: Burmese, English, Thai and Karen. Teachers use flashcards of four alphabets to help the children learn.
Everyday lunch is provided for all children.