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VWB CS & CSR Projects with Track of the Tiger T.R.D.

Educational Support

 

Introduction

As is common in many countries there is a significant imbalance between the resources and services available to those in the cities, and those in the rural areas. In education, in rural areas, this translates to:

  • A shortage of teachers, and skills particularly in teaching English.

  • A shortage of teaching resources.

  • A difference in the standard of the education provided by different schools.

  • The challenge of working with a common national testing and certification scheme.

There is always a danger of stepping in to help rural schools, and either undertaking that task with enthusiastic, well-intentioned but untrained amateurs, or providing intermittent assistance, or both, whilst taking up the little time allocated to teaching English. For that reason we choose to maximise the benefits and limit the disruption of our assistance by selecting projects carefully.assist options 

ES1 - The Intelligent Playground Project

Our Intelligent Playground Project gives educators new ways to measure the developmental progress of their students on a regular basis.

Students will not only get physical activity, they will also be given the chance to exercise their logic, creative thinking, teamwork and leadership skills. The playgrounds are constructed from cured bamboo with fixed and moveable poles, ropes and accessories, which can be modified by the students themselves. Learning at play is vital to the development of children at any age. 

Each Intelligent Playground comes with a handbook with over 20 different design games, which encourage children (and even adults!) to challenge themselves physically and mentally while also learning important team building and critical thinking skills. These playgrounds are innovative learning tools - perfect for schools, nurseries and NGOs to use alongside their education initiatives. The Intelligent Playground project is IP protected by the creative barcode system.

Who can get involved

 

  • Volunteers - A group of volunteers could fund and install a unit and train students to use it. An individual volunteer could contribute funds to a unit to be erected by others.once the funding target for it was met.
  • *Corporate Groups - Could fund the installation of a unit, Or they could fund schools, universities, volunteers to do the work on their behalf.
  • *Schools & Universities - A school or university group could fund and work on a unit, install and train students to use it. It could be one of a range different projects small groups (10-20) undertake in several schools. Or they could fund VWB volunteers to do the work on their behalf.
  • Special Interest Travellers - An individual could contribute funds to a unit to be installed by others.once the funding target for it was met. If the funding target was reached by their contribution they could play a hands-on role in installing it with the help of VWB Volunteers.
  • Foundations, Groups - Could select projects that align with your organisations stated CS or CSR objectives. VWB volunteers or schools/universities could be recruited to install the unit.
  • Core Donors - Those who choose to donate regularly, either to a specific project or to cover areas of shortfall could allocate funds to this project.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.
Duration: Minimum half day (4 hrs.) for 10 participants.
Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs.

Note*. If you know a community or organisation that could benefit from our Intelligent Playground sets and would consider funding an installation for them contact us here.

ES2 - The Saturday School Project

In Thai schools, great emphasis is placed on the benefit of learning English. However, the distribution of resources to allow this disadvantages the smaller and rural Thai schools. The English language offers children access to worldwide opportunities and can be vital in fostering the dervelopment of their own visitor based economies.

Every Saturday, VWB offers rural children the chance to learn English free of charge, from our qualified ESL volunteer teachers at the Sanpatong Experiential Educational Centre (SEEC). Our teachers use highly interactive teaching methods, which are aligned with the national curriculum and customised according to age group. Each lesson is supported by teaching assistants, some of them Thai/English translators, from city schools, who are given thorough training before delivering lessons - exposing them to fulfilling community work experience. We plan to extend our courses of offer to cover meditation, outdoor activities, environmental studies and sustainable agriculture in the near future.

Who can get involved
  • Volunteers - Qualified teachers - on assignment with us for a minimum of 4 weeks could run the programme assisted by Thai high school translators. Visiting school groups could work as assistant teachers provided they had been given 1-2 hrs of instruction beforehand.
  • *Corporate Groups -  Could fund the costs of qualified volunteer teachers needed, for a given period of time, and/or fund training materials.
  • *Schools & Universities - Could contribute funding to support costs of qualified volunteer teacher and the materials they need to do the work.
  • Special Interest Travellers - Could fund the costs of qualified volunteer teachers needed for a given period of time, and/or fund training materials. Individuals could also join the session as an assistant teacher given 1-2 hours of preparation.
  • Foundations, Groups - Could fund the costs of qualified volunteer teachers needed for a given period of time, and/or fund training materials.
  • Core Donors - Those who choose to donate regularly, either to a specific project or to cover areas of shortfall could allocate funds to this project.

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