The Bamboo School is located on the border between Thailand and Myanmar, in two different campuses: the Three Pagodas Education Center and the Parmenie Learning Center.
Originally constructed from bamboo, the school houses children of immigrant families from Myanmar, who have been displaced from their homelands and don't have identity papers. Considered stateless, these children are denied access to Thai schools and the Bamboo School presents the only opportunity for them to receive an education.
The school was initially opened in 2008 with only 40 students and grew rapidly to more than 500 children today.
Tuition is free for stateless children and the school also offers them a hot dish for lunch every day (for many of them the only meal of the day) and provides them with uniforms, medical assistance, learning material, and transport.
Parents of these children find themselves working precariously in the rubber plantations and in factories earning very meager daily wages to survive.
Watch the videos to hear from a student explaining why the school is important for her!