On April 08th 2014, I accompanied FED staff to Ranong to conduct a community workshop. Everyone welcomed us with big smiles. We toured the community’s small factory that made souvenirs from clams. If I have the chance to go back in the future I would like to buy something because the souvenirs were so beautiful. After looking around, we started the community workshop in a migrant worker’s home. The FED team taught basic human rights education to the migrants because many are unaware of their rights.
For one activity, we asked them, “If you have to survive on an uninhabited island, what would you need on this island? What would you call this island? Additionally, rank the most important things you would need.” They made four groups and discussed their ideas.
After discussing, they were shy over announcing their idea and listeners gave a big hand whenever another group presented. Their important needs were all similar including: water, food, transportation, a workplace, medicine, education, money, etc. If someone asked me this question, I would answer that first is friends who can speak Korean, then school, a hospital, enforced laws, food and water, etc.
Two groups even named their island “Family.” Also one group wanted a human rights organization on the island.
I always thought human rights are hard to understand and sometimes a little bit boring, but FED’s methods of education was totally different from my thinking and did a great job of teaching human rights in a fun way.
Lastly we shared snacks together and gave everyone human rights handouts. Additionally, through this workshop the Myanmar migrant community was able to spend time together. I felt many things and it was a very good experience for me. If I have a chance, I want to visit this community again.
Submitted by FED Intern Yubin from South Korea