We have established the Sikkha Asia Foundation, which undertakes library and scholarship activities, and is active as an overseas affiliated organization.
Background of Activities
Though the free education system, which ensures free education for 15 years from preschool to high school, was introduced in 2009 in Thailand, schools have a shortage of operating funds and have to collect additional school fees from parents. Parents living in rural areas with very limited economic power or in slums are burdened with educational expenses. The educational gap between cities and rural areas is also a major issue.
What We Do
In Thailand, where we have been carrying out activities since the 1980s, we established an overseas affiliated organization, the Sikkha Asia Foundation in 1991. This organization provides assistance to vulnerable people such as those living in the slums and rural areas in Thailand, ethnic minorities, and immigrant workers. In the meantime, Thailand’s economy has developed, but poverty and educational problems in slums and rural areas still remain. In order to address these issues, the Sikkha Asia Foundation was reorganized into a juridical foundation, the Sikkha Asia Foundation (SAF), in March 2015 as an independent organization in terms of not only management but also finance. We provide educational support to improve the quality of life of children and young people among the poor that live in slums and mountainous areas in Thailand.
SAF awards scholarships to children who have to work to help their families even when they are of school age or that cannot pay tuition, textbook fees, or school uniform fees. These scholarships are awarded not only to children living in slum areas in Bangkok, but also to Myanmar (Burmese) immigrant children in Phayao Province and Tak Province. In addition, we gather representatives of scholarship students from various regions to organize a human resource development camp which gives them an opportunity to learn about the situation not only of their own regions but also of other regions.
It is said that Thailand has about five million migrant workers that come from neighboring countries. Around the garbage dump in Bangkok, there are many Myanmar children who make a living by picking through garbage. Also, many Myanmar immigrant children live near the border area with Myanmar. We conduct activities to promote reading in the community through mobile library services, which allows us to visit them by mobile library van and distribute picture books to immigrant children who are stuck in a poor educational environment.
Activities So Far
We have been providing various services and activities in slum areas in the capital, Bangkok, and rural areas since the 1980s. In 1991, we established an overseas affiliated organization, the Sikkha Asia Foundation, through which we have been offering support to vulnerable people such as those living in slums and rural areas in Thailand, ethnic minorities, and immigrant workers.