Naw Paw Ray

Ashoka Fellow


This profile was prepared when Naw Paw Ray was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Naw Paw sees a tremendous opportunity and need to include migrant schools and students into the larger Thai society and educational system—a system that has largely excluded both indigenous minorities and immigrants. Working in Tak Province, home to many Burmese refugees and illegal migrants, Naw Paw has built a network of schools where migrant teachers, whose posts are not currently legitimate in Thailand, teach an integrated Thai/Burmese curriculum to unschooled migrant children. Naw Paw’s umbrella organization brings together fifty-two migrant schools, provides teacher training and administrative competency and leadership, and partners with Thailand’s Ministries of Education and Interior. Naw Paw also address the growing migrant challenges, particularly in education, to pave the way for migrant schools, students, and teachers, to gain public support and official accreditation in Thailand.

By drawing teachers, international and local organizations, as well as the local administration into her model, Naw Paw has built a parallel yet integrated education system. No other organization represents such a large array of minority schools, or is doing so much to build a long-term solution to the growing number of uneducated migrant children coming to or born in Thailand each year.
The Problem
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