The Mechai Pattana Bamboo School was founded by Mr. Khun Mechai Viravaidya in 2009 in Buriram, whose residents have one of the lowest educational attainment levels in Thailand. Students come from different parts of the country: Prae, Roi Et, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Sa Kaeo, and Songkhla to name a few.
It aims to provide education to rural, stateless, and less-privileged children through innovative and revolutionary educational techniques. Students learn practical skills such as agriculture and social enterprise to ensure they grow up with the relevant skills, giving them the opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle so many rural villagers face and have a chance at a better life. The school and its curriculum was also designed to nurture the best values and leaders out of their students, all the while making sure they do their part for their community and the environment around them.
With its mission to create a generation of honest leaders who will improve rural Thailand, foster good citizens, honesty, willingness to share, management, and possession of life skills and occupational skills, it serves as a life-long learning center. It promotes values on environmental protection, education, poverty eradication, philanthropy, integrity, democracy, and gender inequality.
The school stimulates resourcefulness and creativity, the ability of students to think critically, and to always think outside the box.
One of the best things in The Mechai Pattana Bamboo School is that students help to run the school through student leaders (student captains) and student committees. School fees are not settled using money; instead, paid through community service and planting of trees. Parents and students perform 400 hours of community service and planting 400 trees per year.
Not only are the students taught lessons and its practices, they are social entrepreneurs themselves. The school highly regards everybody as able, no matter the age, gender, the race, and the physical challenges one may have. Everyone is empowered by the trust that come along the opportunities given to them.
“It (The Mechai Pattana Bamboo School) is very important attempt to change the lack of opportunities that is in existence in society. We want to create greater equality, that’s what we are trying to do.”
The winds of life may blow wild and free, but it takes as much deal of strength to go against and to bend with the wind. The Mechai Pattana Bamboo school proves that no matter the adversity, the constraints, and the situation you are in, it is always important to plant seeds of hope; hence it has become a new dawn to Thailand’s rural education.
Particulars: Program is open for Individuals and Groups.
Ideal Group Size: 10 and above
(Airport transfer is for group of 10 pax or above | 9 pax and below – we provide airport meeting service or students wait for the next group to combine transport)
READ Junior - 9 to 12 years old
READ Senior - 13 to 18 years old
Accompanying Teacher/Escort: 1 FOC (Pls. check FOC Ratio)
Program Availability: 9th January to 14th January 2019 (Subject to Change)
Accommodation Type: Bamboo School | Hotel
Inclusions: All Inclusions as indicated in the Itinerary (Accommodation, Meals, Transfers, Sightseeing, Certification, Entrance for the duration of the tour)
Participant must hold a passport that is valid for no less than six months beyond the intended stay. It should contain two facing blank pages for any visa to be affixed to. A valid VISA is required. (Exact passport and Visa requirements vary depending on the country you are visiting and your nationality)
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