19 September 2018
Post Fieldwork Seminar: Karen Migrant Parents in Mae Sot Borderland and Their Decision on Children’s Education
 
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Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University (CMU) is pleased to invite you to participate in a RCSD Post Fieldwork Seminar:

Karen Migrant Parents in Mae Sot Borderland and Their Decision on Children’s Education, Tak Province, Thailand

Presenter: Mr. Takashi Miyajima
M.A in Social Science (Development Studies)

Commentator: Lect. Dr. Pisith Nasee
(Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University)

Moderator: Mr. Veng Seang Hai
M.A in Social Science (Development Studies)

Wednesday 19 September 2018, from 13.30 p.m.

Subaltern Meeting room,
basement floor, Operational Building,
Faculty of Social Sciences


Abstract:

For more than three decades, migrants from Myanmar have settled down in Mae Sot so children education has become an important element of the life. For this reason, Karen migrants send sent their children to schools in Mae Sot. Migrant children in Mae Sot have various opportunities for education such as Thai government schools (official school) and the Migrant Learning Centers (MLCs or non-official school), run by NGOs. This study attempts to focus on the migrant parents in order to figure out the factor in choosing these two different types of schools.

The objective of this research is to study the factors impacting Karen migrant parents when they choose a different type of schools for their children and to study the opportunities and limitations of the chosen education for the children and their current situation and future goals. Based on the objectives, the research question considered is as follow: What are the factors impacting Karen migrant parents’ decision on the education pathway for their children? What are the opportunities and limitations of the chosen education pathway for the children’s current situation and future goals? These questions are explored through semi-structured interviews with Karen migrant parents and teachers of each school, and participant observation at a parent meeting at both schools.

About the presenter:

Takashi Miyajima graduated from Nihon University, College of Law with a B.A in Law. After his undergraduate study, Takashi enrolled in the M.A program at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University. His research interests are Migration in Southeast Asia, International Relations and Borderland.