16 Dec 2013,Su Myat Win
Social Action for Women (SAW) has opened the mobile libraries in 10 villages in Phop Phra area on the first week of June in 2013. The main intention is to provide general knowledge for Burmese migrant workers, migrant women and their children.
These 10 villages are Waenukalal, SaO, 35 km, Sikothai, 36 km, Sawlatat, 44 km, Ahkyanwin, 44 km, Pyaungkyikwin, 42 km The Best FriendSchool and Bankyet. The health workers, teachers, local leaders and social activists in the area are posted to serve for these libraries.
SAW’s monthly journals called “Wuthmonthansin”, various novels, comic books, magazines, the educational literatures of health, education and economics, various translated books and many journals are available for the people to rent for 24/7 daily. Still, most of the people come to the library in the evening and during the weekends.
The person in charge of Phop Phra named U Htike Thu Aung said, “Most importantly, the migrants in this area have poor knowledge especially in the areas of health, education and social. Also, they miss their mother land. Therefore, they want to know what’s going on in their country. By opening the mobile libraries, they’ll have a chance to learn what they want to know. They can keep in touch with their mother language as well.”
“The next thing is that most of the migrant have never completed their education. Some of them are still thirsty to learn in this alien land. We want them to be happy and comfortable living here. We want them to keep learning Burmese literature even though they have to live and work here for their survival. As for the workers, the migrants need to know the safety, health and the regulations at their works. In case of emergency, the leaders of the migrant community must know how to solve the problems. I believe that this is the right way to educate them. We have the religious books for the seniors. Before, it’s very difficult for them to read a book unless they could manage to pass at least 7 police checkpoints”, as he continued.
SAW has provided more than 1000 books for 10 villages, and they will be rotated for every month. Currently, there are more than 200 readers a library, and most of them are women and children.