At the end of March, BMWEC ran its annual SuperKids’ Camp. 400 children from migrant schools in and around Mae Sot, as well as two schools for IDP* children inside Burma, came to the camp at Hsa Thoo Lei School and spent three days together learning, eating, sleeping and, most importantly, having fun.
Many children get very few opportunities to spend time outside their communities, so this was a wonderful chance for them to meet other children and get a sense of the wider Burmese community along the border – both inside Burma and in Thailand. It also provided a rare chance for them to learn how to work and live with people that they didn’t know and have some ‘time out’.
The theme for the camp was “dignity and respect through education”. A focus for all activities was respecting and valuing each other’s differences, so that the children could grow in their own sense of dignity while they were having a great time. The activities were planned and organised by students from Wide Horizons (a school for young adults who will be taking leadership roles within their own community organisations), while BMWEC staff organised all the back up – including delicious meals.
So we had three days of laughter, music, dance, stories, exercise and sharing. The children were great and their smiles and joy were infectious. Lots of hard work on the part of all those who helped, but well worth it in terms of the children’s learning and well-being.
* Internally Displaced Persons