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Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC)


Issue AreaEducation

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Education for the Youth

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) is a registered charitable foundation that provides scholarships for students from low-income families in Northern Thailand. In Thailand, the basic education is free but when a student reaches 15 years of age, parents have to contribute towards the school fees and continue to pay some of the other associated costs – uniform, transport, lunches, etc. A FERC scholarship, therefore, enables students from low-income families to remain at school until they are 18 years of age, to promote their ability to go on to further education or training, and to better employment opportunities in the future. FERC works closely with the area Education Authority and the teachers to identify the highly motivated students who are most in need of our support. FERC meets with the students twice a year when the scholarship money is distributed, and they visit the schools from time to time. In this way, they receive regular updates on their progress. FERC is managed and administered purely by volunteers who meet some of all the associated administrative costs themselves. FERC’s administrative costs are under 4%!

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