Meet the Team

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Meet FED’s Unified Learning Center football team:

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Name: BoBo                        Age: 15                     Grade: 8                  Position: Mid-Field (right)

Background: I come from Daiwai in Myanmar. I have been in Thailand since 2009. I have 1 brother. My father has no job because he has health issues. My mother is a house cleaner. I have played football for 5 years. I like football because I play with my friends. I would like to meet June Mata because I like his football technique. My favorite football team is Manchester United. I have a dream to be a game shop owner and a professional football player. I will work and save money to start my own business. My father’s health situation is not good. I will not come back to continue my education because I have to work. Even when I leave school, I will pay a visit to our lovely school and play football. As I am the second leader of the student body at my school, I want to continue to develop good leadership skills. I encourage our young students to study hard and gain as much knowledge as they can. I also encourage the children who have not entered school to study with us. I hope these children could get a chance to read and write properly. That would be great.

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Name: Kyaw Myo Ko           Age: 13           Grade: 7           Position: Offense

Background: I am from Kawthoung, Myanmar. I came to Thailand in 2014. I have one brother and two sisters. My father works as a fisherman and my mother has no job. I have been playing football my whole life. I like football because I look up to people such as Cristiano Ronaldo. If I could meet any professional football player, I would want to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. My favorite football team is Barcelona because I really like Messi. I dream of becoming a football player in the future. I don’t know if I will return to school in May. I might have to find a job. I hope I can continue studying.

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Name: Aung Thet Ko         Age: 14            Grade: 7            Position: Offense

Background: I am from Mal Lo Mying, Myanmar. I came to Thailand in 2014. I have a younger brother. My father is a builder and my mother is a shopkeeper. I have played football in Myanmar and in Thailand. I play during my free time at school and after school. If I could meet any professional football player, I would want to meet Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi because they are both very talented. My favorite team is Barcelona because Messi is the best player. I want to be a doctor in the future. I cannot come to school in May because I must go and work on a construction site. My family has no money. I must work, but I want really want to study.

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Name: Aung Thura Oo           Age: 14             Grade: 8             Position: Offense

Background: I come from Kawthoung in Myanmar. I came to Thailand 3 years ago. I have 2 older brothers and 1 younger brother. My father is a gardener and my mother works at a resort. I have played football for 6 years. I like football because it is my favorite hobby. I would like to meet Messi because I like his skills and techniques in scoring goals. My favorite team is Barcelona. I dream of being an engineer in the future. I will continue school in Myanmar when school closes in March.

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Name: Toe Tat Aung            Age: 14 years old            Grade: 8            Position: Offense

Background: I am from Dawai in Myanmar. I have been in Thailand since 2007. I have one brother. My father’s job is a builder and my mother works at a hotel. I have played football for 4 years. I love football because my dream is to become a football player and it is also very good exercise. I would like to meet Messi because he has very good ideas when playing football. My favorite football team is Barcelona. I hope I can become a football player in the future. If my school has enough money to offer grade 9 classes, I will come to school next year.

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Name: Nay Min Oo            Age: 15            Grade: 8           Position: Offense

Background: I come from Mon state in Myanmar. I have been in Thailand since 2012. I have 1 younger sister and 1 younger brother. My father works on a rubber plantation and my mother works at a restaurant. As the eldest son, I have to work, collecting rubber liquid in the early morning around 2 am. When I finish my work, I come to school. During the school holidays, I have to work at the construction site, wash dishes in a restaurant, and perform general work anywhere necessary. I also take care of my youngest brother at home. I have played football for 8 years. I like playing football because it is something I do every day. I would like to meet CR7 (Ronaldo) because I like his skills in scoring goals. My favorite football team is Real Madrid. I really hope to be an engineer and a successful football player. I don’t think I can fulfill my hopes and dreams. I cannot go to school in May. I must quit school because my mother wants me to find a job. Right now, I am a leader of the student body at my school. I have many responsibilities to take care of the other students. I am happy to study here and encourage all children to study. I want to continue studying, however, I cannot do this because my family has no money.

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Name: Kyaw Swar Thein           Age: 13           Grade: 6           Position: Defense

Background: I am from Dawei in Myanmar. I came to Thailand 1 year ago. I have two brothers. My father and mother are both construction site workers. I have played football for 1 year. I like football because it is my hobby. I would like to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. My favorite football team is Barcelona. My dream for the future is to become a football player. In May, I will go back to Myanmar. I do not know if I will go to school there or not. I am not sure.

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Name: Aung Thet Cho            Age: 14           Grade: 6             Position: Goalkeeper

Background: I am from Mal La Mying in Myanmar. I came to Thailand one year ago. My brother is Aung That Ko. He plays offense on the football team. My father is a builder and my mother is a shopkeeper. I have played football for one year. Football is my favorite hobby. I would like to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. My favorite football team is Manchester United. My dream for the future is to be either a doctor or a football player. I will go back to Myanmar in May. I do not know if I will go to school there.

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Name: Mr. Thant Zin Win           Age: 15           Grade: 5           Position: Middle

Background: My family is from Mon state in Myanmar. I was born in Thailand. I have 2 sisters. My father and mother work in the rubber plantation. I have been playing football for 7 years. I would like to be an international player, like Messi. I like his playing style. My favorite team is Barcelona FC. I am excited to come back to school next year. I will not go to work.

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Name: Thu Ra Aung             Age: 14              Grade: 5             Position: Middle

Background: I am from Dawei in Myanmar. I came to Thailand a couple years ago. I have four brothers. my father is a fisherman and my mother sells food at the market. I have been playing football for two years. I would like to be a player like Neymar. I like his playing style. My favorite football team is Barcelona F. C. I will come to school next year and continue studying.

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Name: Raker Soe            Age: 13               Grade: 2              Position: Middle

Background: I am from Mawla Myine in Myanmar. I came to Thailand when I was 4. I have 2 brothers. My father and mother work on the rubber plantation. I have been playing football for 6 years. I like football because I would like to be a player like Neymar from Barcelona. I would like to meet Neymar because I like his football playing style. My favorite team is Barcelona. I would like to be an international player in the future. Next year, I am excited to come to school.

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Name: Cho Myant Aung            Age: 12            Grade: 5             Position: Middle

Background: I am from Dawei in Myanmar. I came to Thailand when I was 5 years old. I have one brother. My father is a construction worker and my mother works at a bungalow. I have been playing football for 2 years. I would like to be a player like Ronaldo. C Ronaldo 7 is awesome! I like his playing style. My favorite team is Manchester United. In the future, I hope to be an engineer. My mom encourages me to study until a master degree level. If ULC does not have high grades in the long term, I will go back to Myanmar and continue my education.

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Name: Thein Min Paing             Age: 13             Grade: 4             Position: Middle

Background: I am from Myanmar. I came to Thailand when I was 10 years old. I have 1 sister. I have been playing football for 2 years. I like football because I am good at it. I would like to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. My favorite football team is Barcelona. I would like to be a football player in the future. I will come to school next year, I will not go to work. I am happy to continue studying.

Here they are, ladies and gentlemen: the ULC football team. Woohoo! These kids are incredible. All of these boys are so talented, on the football field and in the classroom. I have high hopes for their futures…it would be amazing if they were given an opportunity to continue their studies or perhaps do an internship or find a job where they can practice their English. These boys are such hard workers and are so dedicated to their studies. I want each of them to succeed and meet their goals (no football pun intended).

If there are any football scouts who are reading my blog, you should meet these guys!

Perhaps Neymar or Messi is looking for a couple youngsters to train? Here they are! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Meet the Team

  1. This is great! Thanks so much for giving us a picture of the individuals you interact with every day. I noticed that a couple of your students’ staying in school would depend on whether or not ULC can offer a high school education (or at least 9th grade). How likely is it that this would happen? Just curious 🙂 Your students dream big; lifting up a prayer for each of them.

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    1. Hey!
      We’re not sure how likely it will happen just because we only have about two students who would like to continue through grade 9. With those students, ideally, I would create an online curriculum for them to follow because we just got several laptops donated to us, which they could use. That is one of the reasons why I am staying until December. I want to make sure that these kids have something to do instead of go to work, but unfortunately, they will probably all end up working instead…I guess time will tell.

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