Mae Sot is nestled in the hills of Western Thailand, where the Moei River creates a natural border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Years of civil war, persecution, and poverty have meant that many Burmese have made their way to the Mae Sot area in search of safety, peace, and a better life and future for themselves and their families. Its politically and economically strategic location also means that Mae Sot is an important hub for the provision of services to migrants, and a center for advocacy and political action.
Although Thailand can provide opportunities that are not available in Myanmar, life for migrants on the border is often very difficult. Low wages, exploitation, child labor, human trafficking and difficulty in obtaining identification means that life and livelihood is marked by lack of financial and personal security. There are an estimated 20,000 Burmese migrant children living in the area.
All You Need is Love works closely with The Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee, a community-based organization in Mae Sot, which facilitates education for dozens of Burmese Migrant learning centers, creating a safe space for thousands of children displaced for a variety of reasons, including political and religious persecution, war, and poverty.
Once a small hut with just over forty students Early Childhood through Grade 3, Good Morning School has grown to provide education through high school for almost 300 children. All You Need is Love has worked in partnership with MUSE to compliment and supplement their efforts as the school has expanded to become a Flagship Program and example of success among Migrant Schools. As a result of this combined effort, Good Morning School was recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education in 2014 as a stand out Migrant Learning Center.
Good Morning School has a flourishing campus with a fully operating garden, farm, deep water well and Boarding House. The school incorporates vocational classes, animal husbandry, work-study, and sporting activities into the curriculum. In addition, All You Need is Love partners with international and local organizations like Play Onside, Youth Connect and Kick Start Art to bring the students and staff opportunities for enrichment and development extending beyond basic operations.
Our staff is made up of both new and experienced teachers, many with University degrees and English language training. We have a strong and committed team. As we look toward the future, we are focused on bringing the Matriculation Program to life in collaboration with New Blood School, preparing our students to be qualified for University and/or other high level vocational programs. Through these programs, the Good Morning School community works together to improve the daily lives of Burmese Migrant children and their families and allows students to look beyond a life of hard labor and factory work toward a much brighter future.
To learn more about the network of support that has made Good Morning School so distinguished
All You Need is Love, the documentary, was directed by our founding patron and friend Stuart Cameron. His efforts have brought advocacy and awareness to Burmese Migrant Children, allowing us to shine a light on their lives in hopes people like you will get involved!
We want to give a special thank you to Brad Sipperley, owner of New Ideas Unlimited, for building our website, handling our social media, helping to manage donations, and keeping our website up to date.
We really appreciate being able to reach out whenever we have a question and having someone there with the experience to help us out very quickly.