Here are some testimonies of children from CSP schools.
“I like to read the Globe magazine in Karen language and to see the pictures. Through the magazine I learn that children should not be child laborers. The main cause of child labour here in Burma is poverty”.
When he has free time, Saw Eh Ta Taw likes to swim, play music, sing and draw. “I usually help my parents first, by feeding the animals, preparing food and finding firewood. I would like to become a doctor and help my community. There is no clinic in my village. It takes three hours by walking from my home to Day Bu Noh clinic. It takes two hours by small boat to Pa Pun town clinic, but that clinic is not free so less people can go there.”
Naw Thoo Lay Paw
“My name is Naw Thoo Lay Paw and I live in Kwee Ta Mar village in Karen State, Burma. I am in my fourth year of study atKweeTaMarSchool, which became a government school a year ago. I have four siblings and am the fourth child in my family. I now live with my father as my mother passed away. My father works in the plantation fields growing rice and vegetables, and also goes into the forest to collect bamboo to sell in Bee Lin town. A few years ago the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) came to our village to mine gold, and left many landmines around our village. This made it very dangerous for villagers to go into the forest and led to many casualties. Because of these problems and the cost of going to school I could not receive an education. However, now that the school has become a government school, I no longer have to pay fees, and can go to school.”
Saw Toe Dee Wah
“My name is Saw Toe Dee Wah and I am in my third year at Wai Nor Dern primary school in Karen state,Burma. Before our school received funding from the CSP my parents could not afford to send me to school, and I had to spend my time helping my parents with their work and looking after my siblings. I really wished to be able to go to school but this was not possible due to the difficulties our family faced. When my school received funding I no longer felt helpless as I was able to go to school and receive an education. My parents no longer face the burden of trying to provide school fees and my whole community has benefitted from the CSP funding. After primary school, I plan to continue studying at a middle school to Day Bu Noh high school. Day Bu Noh high school is run by the Karen Education Department (KED).”