Transportation and location of the training
To reach training site, the trainers traveled a combination of passenger- car, truck, boat and local designed/modified tractors. The total distance between Mae Sot, Thailand and Tanay Lu in Mutraw (Papun) district, Myanmar is around 350 KM. As the road is hilly and the infrastructure condition is not good in addition to the need to switch transportation types, it took two days to reach the site from the Mae Sot office.
The location of the training is approximately 4000 ft above sea level and the trainer organizer, trainers and attendees were experiencing winter in the mid of summer. There are no buildings or huts in the arear except a stop-house for soldiers who pass by to have a rest. Therefore both trainers and trainees stayed in tents and had the trainings on bamboo benches and under the shade of the trees.
Almost all of the trainees themselves also had to travel from very far to the training site. They had to walk from 4 hours to a day trip to reach a place where they could continue their trip on a tractors, motorbikes or boats. Not all the villages where the schools are located have roads that are big or good enough for motorbike or tractors to reach. A lot of the villages are situated on windy hills.
The training gathered a total of 41 participants, 22 female and 19 male. Seven are Mobile Teacher Trainers (MIT) from KTWG and 34 are teachers from 22 schools, serving 3,793 students across Mutraw district. KTWG Mobile Teacher Trainer participated in order to enrich and review their teacher training skills and quality. Participant teachers teach a range of subjects including English, Karen, Burmese, Geography, Maths and Science.
Here are two statements from two teachers that were translated from Karen.
‘I want to learn about each countries education systems and how they are different from the Karen's education system.’
‘I hope to get good training like this once a year. This is the first training I received that improves my knowledge and skills in teaching. I hope there will be more training like this in future.’
Both the KTWG members and the local leaders gave a positive feedback about the training and their wish to receive more training for the teachers in the near future. This initiates dialogue for further collaboration between CP of Thabyay and the KTWG for the sake of improving access to quality education.