To enable children to live in the society with happiness and safety by applying life skills of bravery, ability to assess problems and adjust oneself to surrounding environment, Pfizer Thailand Foundation and World Vision Foundation of Thailand has collaborated to arrange the 6th Life Skill Development Camp at Phuri Suksa Witchalai, Khuan Kalong district, Satun province on November 27- 29, 2017 for 82 students from Ban Tu Ta Ram School and Ban Pi Yai School.
The 2 day, 2 night camp started with the activities for children to learn how to interact with others. Children were separated into 8 mixed-school groups in which members in each group got to know one another to build team work before going through 8 bases of activities, including tire climbing, rope ladder climbing to ring the bell, balance course, monkey bar climbing, struggling, rope climbing to cross the river, powering up and rafting. All of the bases focus on training children to be brave, dare to make decisions and take actions.
All groups completed the activities beautifully. Kanom Piakpun Group, one of the 8 groups, reflected on the 8-base activities that “Our group has learned skills on practicing unity, patience, sharing, and helping one another.”
After the high physical challenges in the afternoon, the evening activity after dinner offered children some entertainment with barbecue party. Children had fun grilling meat on sticks, which sent out savory smell to invite their appetite again. They enjoyed the palatable barbecue before going to bed for a good rest.
On Day 2, the activity was “World View Opening”. In the morning children went to visit Tam Malang Pier, walk through the mangrove forest and see blennies and crabs. Then, they went leg stretching around local shops and see local people’s way of life at Wang Prachan Border Market. In the evening children learned about traditional Thai life style from 5 activity bases, including rice pounding, rice winnowing, traditional coconut grating, local Thai dessert making, Thai boxing, bamboo dance, flour milling by using stone flour mill, and making artificial roses from pandan leaves.
Praewa, a six grader from Ban Tu Ta Ram School, has been part of this event since the 1st Life Skill Camp. In the 6th camp, she got to be the leader of “Thong Yot Group”. She talked about what she has learned that “Every camp I have joined has made me more and more brave to express myself. One more thing I got from this camp is how to winnow rice”. Praewa said with a smile on her face.