23 August 2015

Small schools and quality education

By Hugh Delaney

With only 72 students, Noen Wiang in Nakhon Sawan Province is a small school. That’s not exceptional in Thailand, where over 50% of schools fall into the small school category – defined as having less than 120 students. With a declining population, the number of small schools in Thailand is expected to increase over the coming years, with most small schools located in rural areas.

Kindergarten children learning about shapes and sizes
Prapaphak Jadjan has been Director of Noen Wiang for ten years, and with a teaching staff of only four, she has in the past struggled to provide quality teaching across all grades from Kindergarten through to sixth grade.

18 August 2015

School providing enjoyable learning in mother tongue of local children


Left to right, Siti Aishah Hama, Nihanifa, Muhamad Ikram, Makolifi Abu, Mahdi Ali – first and second grade pupils at Ban Lada School, Pattani Province
By Hugh Delaney

On a recent visit to Pattani Province in the South of Thailand, I paid a visit to a small but remarkable school which is transforming the way in which children are learning. I am quite new to Thailand myself, having arrived in June this year to work with UNICEF on its education programme and I am still learning about the education system and how schools operate in the country. This visit to Ban Lada School and the teachers, parents and children I met and spoke to provided me with a better understanding of what schools and local education authorities are doing to overcome challenges to providing quality education for all children.

10 August 2015

Paula Taylor: Breastfeeding is possible for working moms



Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya / Video and photos by Metee Thuentap

Bangkok, 11 August 2015 – To mark World Breastfeeding Week on 1-7 August 2015, UNICEF takes Paula Taylor, Friend of UNICEF, on a field visit to a factory of Marigot Jewellery (Thailand) Co. Ltd. in Bangpu Industrial Estate in Samut Prakan province. Marigot is one of the model workplaces that supports working mothers to breastfeed. Inside the factory, there is a breastfeeding room where staff can come to express breastmilk 2-3 times per day. Refrigerator is also provided so staff can store breastmilk that they collect. A nurse is there to help give advice to working mothers who have problems breastfeeding.