KRCEE’s objectives and purpose is to develop and give administrative support to the camp education offices and schools in delivering the education services for the refugee communities. We do so in close cooperation with international non-governmental organizations, mainly ZOA Thailand and World Education. KRCEE functions as a facilitator between these and the education system in the camps.
Education in the camps is sanctioned by the Thai authorities, but is all provided by community-based organizations and financed by international non-government organizations, charities and parents. Article 22 in the UN 1951 Refugee Convention states that refugees have the same right to elementary school as the state’s nationals and to higher education, but as Thailand is not a signatory to this UN convention Thai authorities do not provide education in the camps.
The refugees brought with them their education system from Karen State in Eastern Burma and have demonstrated an extraordinary effort for their children to have access to education. An extensive education system is developed, including pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational and adult learning opportunities. The seven Karen camps have a network of 70 schools serving 34,000 students. The restrictions on foreigners access into the camps have contributed to a high degree of community ownership. KRCEE’s staff of 63 are all from the camp community and the education system rely heavily on teachers and educational administrators recruited in the camps.
KRCEE’s mother organization is Karen Refugee Committee (KRC). KRC sprang out of the refugee communities in the seven camps predominantly inhabited by people from Karen State in Eastern Burma. Still; KRCEE represents the education system in the seven camps regardless of ethnicity. KRC and KRCEE have their centers of administration in Mae Sot.
KRCEE is organized with two levels of administration. The central administration has a staff of 20 and is situated in Mae Sot. Its areas of administration is divided in Office of Board of Directors, Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education, Non-formal Education Program, Unit of Operation Administration and a Refugee Education Council. The administration on camp level, with 48 camp based staff, consist of a representative Committee of Camp Education Entity and an executive Office of Camp Education Entity.. KRCEE have a board of directors constituted by three members from Office of Boards of Directors and a director and deputy from KRC.
KRCEE reports quarterly to partners and a completion report (including financial report) is reported at the end of each calendar year. The completion report includes an evaluation based on the standards and indicators of Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). KRCEE keep detailed, accurate and complete records of expenditures and actively evaluates our project activities.
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