Because literacy is children’s first step to further learning, how to enable them to read and write fluently was a huge puzzle to be solved by ‘Pattanan Khachen’ or ‘Teacher Nhong’, a professional teacher of Ban Nong Makok School, Kaeng Krachan district, Phetchaburi province. She found that students didn’t like studying because they could neither read nor spell words. In addition, there were a range of other limitations, for instant, absence of learning-enabling environment in classroom, use of conventional pedagogical method through recitation of what written with chalk on blackboards, lack of techniques to motivate child learning and no creative instructional materials.
Due to these problems, Kaeng Krachan Area Development Programme, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has joined hands with Ban Nong Makok School and other 26 schools in the implementing area to unlock the complication through the provision of “Instructional Materials Production” training, which is part of education promotion for sponsored children in WVFT’s “Child Sponsorship Programme.” Teachers have been taken on a study trip to learn about innovative instruction techniques and how to make instructional media. They’ve also received materials and supplies to develop teaching media for their own class.
“After the training supported by WVFT, Ban Nong Makok School has adopted what have been learnt in teaching students from grade 1 to grade 3. We started with makes of simple reading materials, of which students took part in the production process. The total difference ever since is that students have shown interest and paid more attention to studying. The once-humdrum classroom is now filled with entertaining atmosphere. Children are eager to present their makes, gain self-esteem and love Thai language class,” said Teacher Nhong in a good mood while smiling.
Resulted by the fun learning are success indicators of children’s academic outcomes. In the previous academic year, according to the literacy assessment of the first graders, Ban Nong Makok was ranked the 8th out of total 127 schools in Phetchaburi Education Service Area 2. Correspondingly, 100% of the second graders had the literacy level which met the standard and the school got the 2nd highest O-NET (Ordinary National Educational Test) score of the district. Parents have given positive feedbacks that they’re satisfied in their children’s functional literacy. The school has become a model school which is visited by those interested in learning about its innovative instruction.
At present Ban Nong Makok School has more number of students, 104 from previously 60, due to its active literacy promotion activities with tangible results which build confidence among parents. Word-of-mouth recommendations have been spread out as more children sent to the school.
As a teacher who’s witnessed the transformation, Teacher Nhong said, “I’m so proud of what I’ve dedicatedly worked with. I’ve put my mind to it. The completed jigsaw puzzle of the school’s success today is resulted by various factors pieced together. WVFT is a big piece which helps elevate education quality of Ban Nong Makok School, as well as other schools in Kaeng Krachan district. Thank you sponsors, donors and WVFT so much.”