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New Road Learning Centre

New Road Learning Centre

  • Date Established: 2008
  • Enrolment 2021-2022: 265
  • Grade Levels: Nursery,KG-1,G-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Head Teacher: Daw Thin Thin
  • School Director: U Kyaw Kyaw
  • Students (Male): 143
  • Students (Female): 122
  • Total number of teachers: 11 (including 2 Thai teachers)

Mae Ramat, north of Mae Sot, is home to more than 10,000 migrant workers from Myanmar. A lot of them have brought their families and therefore children along with them. The children usually end up working together with their parents as child workers. There have been numerous attempts by various non-profit organizations to establish a school in the region to mitigate this problem. However, none of them has lasted very long.

When this problem first arose, U Kyaw Kyaw who was living in the region, was concerned about the future of these children and wondered what he could do to improve the situation. He was close to returning to his home country of Myanmar when a couple living next to him asked for help to teach their children some basic education. U Kyaw Kyaw decided to help teach the children. News of his activities spread by word of mouth across the region, and within a few months the total number of students rose to 80. Therefore, U Kyaw Kyaw decided to establish New Road Learning Centre officially on 2008.

Although it has faced many ups and downs throughout the 2010s, the school currently has a total of 386 students with 11 teachers.  However, in 2021 the landowner decided not to renew the school’s land rent contract.  Thus it will need both new funding and a new location if it is going to carry on.