As “Play is Learning, Learning is Play” is an important principle for preschoolers and pupils who must study to understand more than to memorise, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), therefore, focuses on educational support based on the principles of brain development or Brain-Based Learning (BBL) in order to help develop children’s potential that allows their brain to develop naturally and grow and mature physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and in wisdom by working together with teachers, school administrators, parents, communities, governmental and non-governmental agencies to help develop education for im-poverished children in remote schools. “The 5 Keys” of the Ministry of Education draw children to have fun learning as well as develop the brain according to their learning process and ages.
Key 1: The school must have a playground and enough equipment for children to play, run, climb, crawl and jump in order to meet the needs of children. The play-ground helps in brain development and staying healthy and strong ready for learning.
Key 2: The classroom must be colourful in both tables and chairs and learning materials that are appropriate and suitable for each child. The classroom helps to stimulate the brain to learn.
Key 3: A new process of learning and teaching such as games, singing to support teaching.
Key 4: Quality of learning method.
Key 5: Worksheet and innovation media.
Wat Phak Kad School in WVFT’s project area of Pong Nam Ron, Chanthaburi province is a model school that WVFT collaborated with BASF (Thai) Co., Ltd in developing the potential of education for students under “Boost Brain Project” by promoting Brain-Based Learning (BBL) teaching method for the school to become a BBL model school in eastern Thailand later.
Mr Petrus Ng, Managing Director of BASF (Thai) Co., Ltd brought a team of 38 employees to do activities with students at Wat Phak Kad School by dividing them into 3 groups. The first group helped to renovate the children’s playground, paint the equipment and lay cement floor around the classroom area. The second group renovated the kindergarten, paint desks. The third group helped to pro-duce teaching and learning materials. The last activity the BASF employees and students did together was telling a story using the materials they made that brought smiles and laughter to everyone.
After the activities ended, Mr Petrus handed the project over to the school, re-ceived by Mr Peeranat Rattanaworaopas, district officer of Pong Nam Ron. At this event Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, WVFT’s Marketing and Fundraising Director thanked BASF for providing funds to do the project activities as well as the Inter-nal Security Operations Command (ISOC1 Part3) Taksin Campus, Chanthaburi who sent troops to help in the school development.
“BASF (Thai) Co., Ltd focuses on doing activities to pay back society especially ed-ucation for children who live in remote areas. We have collaborated with WVFT in supporting quality life development of impoverished children, schools and communities since 2015. Last year we continued doing “Play and Learn to Grow Up Project” at Ban Klong Kod School in Pong Nam Ron district, Chanthaburi prov-ince. This year we extended the outcome of “Boost Brain Project” to be fully BBL at Wat Phak Kad School. We are very glad to be part of helping children to have a bright future through education,” said Mr Petrus.