Mae Sot, Thailand, 2012

Photo curtesy by Building Trust International

Displaced communities generally do not have the right to own land in host countries, therefore infrastructure interventions provided by aid agencies are rare, because the investment routes are not secure.

In the Thai town of Mae Sot, Burmese refugees have been uprooted every few years due to their lack of land rights, leading to an absence of long-term security.

The ‘MOVING school’ project provided an effective, practical and legally feasible solution that ensured an education for the displaced children. Flat-packed relocatable schools were constructed, thereby adopting a sustainable and long-term approach. The core idea was to design educational buildings that could be easily dismantled, transported and then re-assembled by the community.

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