|The Janusz Korczak School of S.E. Asia|
|Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:05|
The Janusz Korczak School of SE Asia serves the orphans and street children of Thailand who have no place to go to school and no place to learn and play with other school children.
Janusz Korczak was a Polish-Jewish educator and pediatrician who introduced progressive orphanages into Poland, trained teachers in what is now called moral education, and pioneered the legal rights of children everywhere. In 1942, when his Jewish orphanage was removed to the Warsaw Ghetto, Korczak refused an offer of help for his own safety. Months later, he and his children walked together in quiet dignity to the train bound for Treblinka, where they perished.
This school is dedicated to the memory of Janusz Korczak and to the children in his care who perished during World War II.
Another group, representing the most academically motivated poor children, has few opportunities to advance within the formal Thai education system.
In addition, for various reasons, including physical and emotional disabilities, many of our own children at Mercy Centre cannot attend formal government schools.
Established in 2004, our Janusz Korczak School addresses each of these groups.
In 2006, we expanded the schools mission into the arts and music for all our Mercy Centre children.
In 2007, the school’s mission expanded further to include literacy courses as well as primary and secondary school equivalency training for adults in the slums who never had the chance to attend or complete basic school.
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