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One of the key roles of education is to capacitate students with the necessary knowledge to apply it to address real-world problems. This is highly relevant in a country like Thailand, where education has historically not prioritized critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Sophon Un-Bangsai is a dedicated teacher at Wat Phothaen School in Nakhon Nayok Province. As happens in many small schools, students in the area would prefer to go to large town schools, which have better facilities and more experienced teachers. This makes the job of teachers like Mr. Sophon even more challenging, as the students left behind are the ones who are the most vulnerable and most in need of quality teachers.
Following the revelation in the University of Leicester's “Journal of Physics Special Topics” that a zombie apocalypse would reduce Earth's population to only 273 people in the space of 100 days, Kenan asks, what hope is there for the human race?
Since the IBM Thai Teachers TryScience project kicked off in 2015, Ms. Wilailuck Pinkaew or Kru (teacher) Aeed, Head of Science at Lad Pla Kao School in Bangkok, applied to the project and is now one of the master teachers. With limited knowledge about STEM, she quickly learned about the importance of STEM education and the teaching approach.
Experts on the craft of teaching, Enjoy Science Master Trainers are critical to the development of teachers in Thailand and the project’s success. Three Deputy Deans from the Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology at KMUTT and current Master Trainers recently detailed teachers’ role in modern education.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the result of PISA 2015 which assessed the knowledge and skills in sciences, mathematics, and reading. Singapore ranks top, followed by Japan, Estonia, Taiwan and Finland.
As a mother and laborer at an automobile factory in Bangkok, Chutimon has little free time and lots of responsibility. Outside the workplace, she oversees her family’s finances, but this can be difficult given her time restraints and limited education. Without fundamental financial knowledge, the family frequently overspent, leading to short-term debt problems. In September, however, Chutimon participated in a training under the Citi Literacy Improvements for better Finance in Thailand (LIFT) project, which opened her eyes about how to best manage her family’s money to achieve long-term saving and remain debt free.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy Fosters Positive Change within Individuals and Communities Originally from Kalasin province in northeast Thailand, Kanokwan and her husband came to Bangkok to work. Kanokwan, a housekeeper, and her husband, a motorcycle taxi driver, admit that their lifestyle and spending behavior were causing financial troubles, resulting in them accumulating a mountain of debt. Without savings of any kind, the two relied on Kanokwan’s mother, a seamstress and rice farmer in Kalasin, to cover payments on the debt.
Mr. Nipol Srinaruemol, Enjoy Science academic advisor and mentor The Mr. Nipol Srinaruemol, a former high school science teacher and current mentor for teachers, is a well-known advocate for project-based learning (PBL) in Thai schools. He believes that PBL is the best way to build genuine interest in science and inquisitive thinking among students. For Mr. Nipol, PBL is not merely a buzzword, but something he brought to his classroom every day. The effort paid off as his students flourished and were even recognized in international education circles for their work. For example, Mr. Nipol supervised a group of Thai students that won the best project award at the invention competition of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2006 (Intel ISEF 2006).