“Children are like a blank slate.” The teacher may paint whichever colours they want on it. Many children in Thailand 4.0 view their teachers as idols. Their dream job when growing up is nothing else but a teacher.
“When I was young, I dreamt of becoming a teacher because I had a teacher who made learning fun and he loved his students. So, I have developed good attitude towards the teaching profession.” Tewit Worajaruwan went back in time with a smile.
The teacher is a profession which can directly contribute to the society because the teacher’s role is to cultivate and groom children to grow up decent citizens of the society. All teachers wish their students become good persons, equipped with both knowledge and virtue.
Mr Tewit Worajaruwan, or Teacher Jane, is an alumnus of Early Childhood Education Department, Faculty of Education, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. Now he is a government teacher at Ban Huai Makhueasom, Mae Hong Son province. He said that his family was very poor. There was only one room in his house. The roof was made by banana leaves and the floor and wall were made by bamboo. They did not have electricity to use. His parents were farmers and hire hands. When reached the 2nd grade, Tewit started following his mother to work as a hire hand on weekends and school break. He earned 20 baht each day. He could save as much as one thousand baht to spend on his school supplies, so that he would not need to bother his parents.
Since grade 6 completion, Tewit has lived with his grandparents and great-grandparent as his parents have moved to work in Samut Prakan province. Since then, too, his sponsorship by Ms Malisa through World Vision Foundation of Thailand’s Child Sponsorship Programme in Mae Hong Son Area Development Programme has started.
Tewit mentioned benefits he has received from the Child Sponsorship Programme: aside from enabling him to complete his education and forging the spirit of the teacher within him, it was fortunate for him that the Child Sponsorship Programme has supported a range of items. When he was in junior high school, he’s received school uniforms, student socks and shoes, school bag, and stationery. The support has helped him save a lot of money. There was one time he got to join a trip to the beach, which was arranged by the programme. He felt really glad and excited as it was his first time to see the ocean. From high school to university, he has received financial support to pay for his tuition every year. Most importantly, above all items and material support was the teaching from his sponsor, who has been constantly repeating with Tewit about the importance of giving.
“I’m so thankful. I was really impressed and considered her my teacher. What I felt as a receiver has made me want to become a giver, too. Once having become a teacher, I can never quit teaching. It is a kind of giving from the heart without expecting something in return.”
Tewit has been enrolled as a government teacher since early 2019. Today, he teaches level-3 kindergarteners at Ban Huai Makhueasom School. A teacher’s responsibilities are many; but the most difficult thing is to be a mirror of his little students, who are at the age of learning and imitating. Teaching is not done only through words; but it is equally important that a teacher sets good examples in every matter. That is what he’s learnt through these 2 months since he started his role as a teacher.
“Despite plenty of responsibilities, including teaching, paper work, training, and activities held by the school and provincial organisations, overtime we’ll see how the children we’ve taught grow up physically and emotionally because of our hard work. Then, our weariness has disappeared.”
“Thank you sponsor for having supported our family through these 11 years. My son has received education, done what he loves, and fulfilled his dream to become a teacher.” Kanya, Tewit’s mother, said with a big smile on her face.