Chanleas Dai Community Update
In some ways, these migration patterns lead to development. Young people can go away to earn money to support younger siblings to study, to earn enough money to pay for a wedding, to buy a motorbike allowing them access to markets, or to help their family build a brick or wooden home. However without literacy, critical thinking skills and basic education, there is little hope for sustainable development that is not dependent on the illegal and dangerous migration stream.
We hope that opportunities for education, particularly quality higher education in Chanleas Dai, can help break this cycle. We have seen the potential for this already at The PEPY Ride School. Neighboring schools in the area have an alarming drop-out rate for 6th graders, with 40-60 percent of entering 6th graders leaving school before the end of the year. At The PEPY Ride School, nearly all of our 6th graders finished primary school and over 90% continued on to 7th grade, a tremendous number in a country where less than a quarter of students continue to secondary school.
We are excited to begin working with the new secondary school in Chanleas Dai this year. Though currently housed in a temporary structure, there is a full team of teachers and administrators excited to be working with the District Office of Education and PEPY to expand education in the area. We hope that with the new secondary school, the first in the commune, we will be able to make education a viable alternative to illegal migration, and in doing so encourage the development and retention of valuable human resources within Chanleas Dai.