Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

Using strategies of non-violent change, we hope to give Karenni people freedom..We are a small community based organisation located on the Thai-Burma border. Our goal is to protect the environment in our state and promote the human rights of the long suffering Karenni people. Furthermore we aim to build a new society based upon the rule of the law. On this website, we provide information about our organisation, our activities, our monthly publications and opportunities to support our work.

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Most recent event: Welcoming our new students with our SDC orientation

A new student introduces herself to the class

A new student introduces herself to the class

The new school year for SDC has officially begun. Between June 1st and June 5th, our 51 new basic course students got to know our school, our staff, our teachers, our coordinator and each other during their orientation. The orientation included a fresher’s welcome party which the Advanced Course students attended as well. Orientation is important for SDC as our students come from a variety of backgrounds. There are students from different ethnic groups, religions and areas.

This year, we have students from the ethnic groups of Kayah, Shan and Kayan. There are also animist, Buddhist, Roman Catholic and Baptist students. Our week long orientation provides these students with the perfect opportunity to meet and get to know each other before the school year officially begins.

This year’s orientation included a number of activities. The students participated in; introductions; river of life; explanations of school rules and regulations; electing monitors for the students; providing duties to groups; talking about SDC vision, mission and objective; introducing the basic course subjects; and playing some games. We also held a fresher’s welcome ceremony.

Our main activity for our orientation is the river of life. This activity allows students to share about their life experience. Each student will tell the others the story of their life. This is why we call the activity river of life. Some of the students told of tough experiences in their life and some of the readings were very emotional.

Following this, our fresher’s welcome party was very successful. Basic course students got the opportunity to get to know each other in a more informal setting and also to meet their peers on the Advanced Course. The students prepared their own songs and dances to present at the ceremony. Afterwards, they were able to participate in karaoke and also continue dancing with their new classmates.

Our Coordinator meets the new basic course students at our school

Our Coordinator meets the new basic course students at our school

The final section of our orientation was meeting our teachers. This included an introduction to the subjects that we will provide at the school as well as their importance. To end orientation, students participated in a meeting with the school Coordinator, Aung Sun Myint. This meeting gave students the opportunity to ask questions about the school and Aung Sun Myint’s own experience serving for his community.

After successfully completing our orientation, the new students were ready to begin their classes. Their first set of subjects are rule of law, environment and human rights. These subjects will provide the foundations for our students to have a successful learning experience and build upon those foundations at our SDC School.

Our River of Life orientation activity

Our River of Life orientation activity

The Karenni Social Development Center (SDC) provides access to a successful training program with classes in Human Rights, Democracy, law, environment, computer, and English. SDC trains young refugees to become advocates in non-violent social change.


SDC is supported by grants from American Jewish World Service, Refugees International Japan, Open Society Institute and is recognized by Burma Volunteer Programs. We are a partner organisation of EarthRights International and our advanced course is conducted jointly with them.  The Curriculum Project and Mote Oo Education provide in-kind donations of textbooks.

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