Located in Mae Sot, Thailand

Bwe K’Lar Primary School is located in Mae Sot, Thailand along the Burmese border. Located in a gully, Bwe K’Lar is surrounded by small hills covered in crops, rice fields and bamboo. The school itself is quite remote and currently accommodates 69 passionate students who, despite the rundown state of their classrooms, turn up-day-in-day-out to further their education.  The Cotton On Foundation have committed to providing these children with everything they need to receive a quality education, including a brand new school for 200 students.

Our partnership with Bwe K’Lar began in 2016 when we identified this learning center in desperate need of a helping hand. The school principal is passionate about quality education and ensuring that his students have the best possible start to life. However, he lacked the resources necessary to make this a reality.  The classrooms were hot and humid with limited air flow and when it rained, the ground becomes instantly muddy with red clay. The students did not have any literacy materials in their native language and were often left without a teacher for the day.

Our immediate response was to ensure that students were receiving healthy and nutritious meals at school, as they were previously missing lunch, often eating only plain rice for breakfast and dinner. We are now also ensuring that teachers are paid a full salary and feel empowered to deliver quality education every day! Working with local architects, work on the new school grounds have commenced, and will accommodate up to 200 students from kindergarten right through to Grade 7. Once the build is complete, we will provide ongoing support to the school community.

2016

Began partnership with Bwe K'Lar

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