Research Grants

Assessing Supports to Promote Better Access to Education within Islamic Schools in a Conflict Zone-Ampor Muang Yala Province.

Medium grant ( Group )- 1
University Affiliation:
Fatoni University


The research objectives of this are aimed
at accomplishing the following objectives:1) Result in an empirical,
data-based profile of a representative sample of ponok schools in the 
Muslim-majority area  of Thailand identifying resources, services, and
needs relevant to addressing human security and violence among students and
their families.2) Identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities among
these schools to better address human security needs of youth and families
and counter violence.3) Generate recommendations and suggestions based on the
research data and community input to improve ponok school environments,
programs and curriculum; and make recommendations for policy changes at a
local and perhaps national level to address human

of research 

This proposal concentrates on the
SHAPE-SEA’s theme of peace and security. The three southernmost provinces of
Thailand (Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala) have experienced political conflict for
decades, and thousands have been killed. Many researchers focus on political
issues behind this conflict. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that lack
of human and social development impacting youth contribute to this situation,
such as crime, drugs, poor education, lack of mental health services, and
lack of economic opportunities.Very little research exists about how private
Islamic schools (‘ponok’) can prevent and respond to human security needs in
southern Thailand. Ponok are an important community institution because they
meet the cultural and religious needs of the Muslim minority. However, ponok
are challenged to address these human security needs of youth.This project
will collect and analyze empirical data from ponok through a mixed methods
approach to measure perceptions, needs, and identify policy strategies to
help them better address human security. The theoretical basis of this
project is the human security paradigm (e.g., Inglehart & Norris,
2012). But the focus of the project is to gather and analyze empirical data
and community input to create real-world policy recommendations to counter
violence and promote

  1. Suhaimee Sateemae- Head of Islamic Studies Curriculum, Satree
    Islam Foundation School, Thailand
  2. Asisah Yama- Deputy
    Director of Academic Affairs, Tarbiatulwatan Mulniti,School,
  3. Ms.Annida Noiwong- Lecturer, Faculty of
    Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Fatoni University, Thailand.
  4. Ms.Sareehah Tayongmas- Lecturer, Faculty of Islamic Studies,
    Fatoni University, Thailand.
  5. Ms.Habibah Datoo- Teacher,
    Satree Yala School

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