‘World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) is a non-government organisation that prioritises vulnerable children in rural areas. Some of our school’s students are from poor, hill tribal families. Because their parents have moved to work out of town, children are left to stay home with their elderly relatives and grandparents. It is found that the seniors have problems caring for and teaching children at home. Fortunately, different projects implemented by WVFT have played an important role to fulfil children’s schooling and improve their quality of life, resulted by the promotion of supplementary occupations for children’s families; the increased income means better living. Our school has also received literacy development-boosting materials that are appropriate for each education level. We are more equipped with proper instructional materials. Children feel highly encouraged. WVFT has done so many good things for the communities. I’m happy that I have been a part of something that makes a big difference to my students’ life’, Mr Natnarong Kanthasen, the director of Ban Kluai School, shared his experience from collaborating with WVFT from his heart.
‘Teacher Natnarong’ has also reflected on the success of the joint effort to tackle students’ illiteracy and improve child reading and writing. WVFT has financially supported teachers capacity building and training to make instructional materials that boost reading, writing, and critical thinking skills of students from grade 1 to 6, including children with learning disabilities (LDs), and significantly curb student apathy in learning and daydreaming in class. The use of animated, colourful, imagination-booster materials successfully catches more students’ interest. When the materials are applied, students seem to be more engaged than when they are in the teacher-centred classroom. These enticing learning tools give children opportunities to have classroom participation, resulting in improved academic outcomes according to their annual test; their O-NET (Ordinary National Education Test) and NT (National Test) scores have improved. These instructional materials attribute to the success. Children in each education level have proven to obtain better performance in reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. According to the assessment before and after the use of the materials, it is found that all students have improved their reading and writing skills. The school has continued to further develop its technical knowledge. The instructional materials supported by WVFT have been used currently while additional creative media are produced yearly.
Thirty-six children from all education levels –grade 1 to grade 6– out of a total number of 50 students at Ban Kluai School are sponsored by the WVFT’s Child Sponsorship Programme in Mueang Pan Project, Lampang province.