Founded in 2002 on the Thai/Burma border, Thoo Mweh Khee provides education to over 600 predominantly Karen students from Burma.
Beginning in nursery school and continuing on to post-high school, the school offers a wide variety of educational opportunities and experiences to disadvantaged youths from Burma. Coming from communities impoverished by years of government neglect and oppression, the students yearn for education and future opportunities it presents. Thoo Mweh Khee is a safe, evolving, vibrant environment.
Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Centre was established in response to the needs of Karen refugee children and youth from Karen State, Burma and children of Karen migrant workers along this part of the border to access primary and secondary education. Without any Thai identity and the inability to speak Thai, these children and youth could not attend Thai schools, and schools in the conflict areas of Karen State, Burma seldom proceed past Standard 4.
Thoo Mweh Khee School was officially opened on 15 August 2002. At that time TMKS comprised of only two kindergarten classes and one 1st standard (Grade 1) class and consisted of four teachers and 79 students. In 2003, enrolment increased to 198 students with 7 teachers and classes going to 5 Standard.
Since that time, each year numbers of students have increased, as has an extra grade each year with the school achieving the first 10 Standard graduation in March 2009. Now in 2014, there are over 600 students enrolled with 30 teachers and classes from Nursery to 10th Grade and Post-High School.
Thai education policy is changing and now as part of the Thai Ministry of Education's "Schools within Schools" programme, TMKS is working in partnership with Huay Nam Nak Primary and Middle School, where there is an exchange of English and Burmese teachers from TMKS with Thai teachers from Huay Nam Nak, as well as a sharing of various other educational opportunities.