The founder of IHE.
Three years ago, that could be dated in 2008, a group of visionary, highly motivated, dedicated, and passionate young people in their ages of 20s-40s were starting to think about uplifting the education standard and making a change in the realm refugee education, especially in higher education arena, along the Thailand-Burma border in places where the majority of the refugees are Karen ethnic. These young people were very determined and optimistic that their initiative would have a significant change and impact in refugee community. I could imagine that during those times they would be very busy and working tirelessly. As a result of their hard work, the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) was successfully established on the 2nd of April, 2008. Thera Saw Per Kaw, I would consider him as the pioneer of this initiative and his team deserve earnest recognitions for their tremendous sacrifices, unswerving commitments, and unfailing promises for the future of young generation in the aspect of education.
CPI and Harvard University: Building the next generation of public health leaders in Myanmar and at home
In January, 2014 eight graduate students from the Harvard School of Public Health arrived in Umpiem Mai refugee camp, adding an exciting new facet to the Public Health Institute (PHI) curriculum — the Harvard Twinning Course. PHI is a one of the world's only junior-college level public health programs based at a refugee camp, with curriculum developed by Community Partners International and our partner the Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity (KRCEE).
HSPH, Burmese students team up to improve health at refugee camp
May 20, 2014 — The Umpiem Mai refugee camp in western Thailand was erected three decades ago to provide temporary housing for Burmese refugees fleeing the repressive rule of their country’s military government. Today, more than 13,000 people still live in this well-organized community of straw and bamboo buildings packed tightly together on a steep and verdant hillside.
This past winter, eight students from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) traveled to the camp to take a course with refugee students at Umpiem Mai’s Public Health Institute (PHI). The course was offered by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard through the Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH. PHI, started by Community Partners International, a non-governmental organization (NGO), in collaboration with the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), provides students from the camp with undergraduate-level general studies, some clinical work, and a year of focused training in public health. The aim is to bolster the local public health workforce to meet the many needs of displaced populations along the Thai-Burma border, such as reproductive health services and infectious disease control.
more on: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/hsph-and-burmese-students-team-up-to-improve-health-at-refugee-camp/
Higher Education in the refugee camp
Higher Education Fact Sheet: http://childsdream.org/fileadmin/uploads/2014/KRCEE_0314.pdf