Ms. Thikumporn Wichienchur
Director, Women’s Correctional Institution for Drug Addicts
Citi At-Risk Women Financial Literacy Program
The Correctional Institution is grateful to the Citi Foundation and Kenan Institute Asia for providing financial literacy training to detainees. This aligns with our goal of providing corrections opportunities and developing new positive habits in the detention center. We believe the ‘At-Risk Women Financial Literacy’ program, provides positive encouragement to detainees, giving them a chance to learn, understand, and manage their daily lives after they are released. We fully support the project as a way to develop detainee capacities for the future.
Mr. Stefanos Fotiou
Senior Programme Manager, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Citi Triple Bottom Line Small Hotels Project
The UNEP strives to achieve environmental progress in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Partnering with Kenan, a leader in sustainable development, on the Citi Triple Bottom Line Project allowed us to achieve that goal, reaching hundreds of small hotel owners and managers.
Mr. Salman Saadat
Country Chairman and General Manager Products, Caltex (Thailand)
Caltex Fuel Your School
One of Chevron’s goals is to be the neighbor of choice to the Thai society. We strive to create a sustainable community for Thailand. Partnering with Kenan Institute of Asia, a prominent non- profit social development organization with over 10 years of innovative education and youth development experience, to create the ‘Caltex Fuel Your School’ initiative allows us to address what the local community truly needs for tomorrow.
Mr. Jedsada Sriwiset
The Inquiry-base science and Technology Education Program (INSTEP)
This workshop is very different from other workshops I have attended throughout my life. I realized that it is not the answers to the questions that are important, but the process of finding those answers.
Science Teacher and Academic Head Kho Yao Wittaya School
Manager of the National Science Museum Science Square at Chamchuri Square
Participant of the New York Hall of Science’s training workshop on designing and developing Maker Space curriculum.
“Participating in this training allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge to develop Maker Space programs. I am excited to have learned about concepts to stimulate the creative and scientific ideas of children which are integrated into each NYSCI activity. Examples include the 3D design activity, which not only taught us how to use online software to do design work, but also showed us that the activity can be leveraged to teach children mathematical skills, such as calculating and measuring sizes, and creating works of art. Each activity can also help build the 21st century skills of children.”
“I think the Maker Space will create enormous benefits for Thai children, including developing their creative thinking and analytical skills. More importantly, the activities will allow children to learn about STEM naturally. If we can expand the Maker Space to all provinces or in major cities, it will result in significant positive impact. Moreover, we should integrate Maker Space into school curriculum, with teachers being trained on how to design, develop, and create Maker-style learning for children.”
Dr. Omjai Saimek
Dr. Omjai first learned of Kenan Institute Asia’s work in improving education in Thailand in 2012, when Kenan was working for the Institute for the Promotion of Science Teaching to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in 10 Thai provinces. Although she was not a part of the project, she was intrigued by its goal and impressed by the work of Kenan and its team. So when Kenan invited her to join the Chevron Enjoy Science project, a major public-private-partnership to improve STEM education in Thailand and raise awareness of the importance of STEM education to national competitiveness, she jumped at the chance.
Working with Kenan’s education team, it was agreed that the project would support, both financially and technically, a signature initiative of the NSTDA called Thailand Children’s University (TCU), which exposes children to inquiry-based science education, and has them participating in science experiments run by university professors in university laboratories. Under the auspices of Her Royal Highness the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the TCU project was off to a strong start, but lacked the funds necessary to achieve its full potential, and project planning was not being held to a rigorous standard.
The first benefit of the partnership was the ability to expand to 18 universities, as originally envisioned by the NSTDA, from the current 10. This also allowed an increase in yearly activities from 15 to 63, and improved the project’s reach to over 30,000 students. Not so obvious, at first, was the improvements in the capabilities of NSTDA staff working on the project, thanks to their close collaboration with Kenan’s education team, or the improvements in planning, thanks to Kenan’s strict requirements for project planning and project measurement. Dr. Omjai credits this disciplined approach with making her staff “More capable and confident for TCU and other projects,” as well as adding to the success of TCU activities, making them “more interesting for students.” According to Dr. Omjai, “Because of Enjoy Science, TCU has had more impact to the country.” It was also important to her professionally, as she is deeply committed to achieving the mission of the NSTDA, and she credits the success of the TCU project with raising her team’s profile and helping distinguish NSTDA’s activities with the public and the government, noting that the project is now very well recognized.
Looking back at the past two and a half years, Dr. Omjai stated, “I made the right decision to ask Kenan staff to join the committee of TCU (as observers) and partner with them. They (Kenan) really helped support the initiatives and activities to be more successful.”