ActionAid Thailand journeys south for women’s economic empowerment

ActionAid Thailand journeys south for women’s economic empowerment

ActionAid Thailand’s visit to the deep south marks a new chapter of our women’s economic empowerment project. Led by partner organisation Chumchonsattha Foundation, our programme officers and country director on 26-28 September visited three new communities in conflict-ridden areas of Narathiwat and Pattani Provinces to study the feasibility of potential empowerment initiatives. We gained insights about the present geopolitical and cultural context as well as each community’s achievements and challenges.

Meeting with the committee of Ittihad savings group and Loyfah Ban Chumbok cooperative in Takbai District, Narathiwat, ActionAid learned about factors that had posed challenges in the group’s operation, such as lack of skillful labour and expertise, budget liquidity and government intervention.

Photo: Varisa Sinthusake

We also visited Moo 1, Cho-airong District, where the local community has been trying to form a savings group and develop small enterprises, namely small-scale black pepper and lime farming or made-to-order bakery and Thai dessert service, as an additional source of income to rubber cultivation. The meeting addressed network performance, market study and local product development, and more access to land and skill training that would open up considerable growth opportunity.

We travelled to Khok Poh, a district 30 minutes southwest of Pattani’s city centre. Due to their location, the local women’s group, who increase family income by producing coconut oil, dishwash, soap bars and other self-care products, at times faces transportation and logistics problems when festivals and big events take place in the city. Nevertheless, they have been trying to develop products according to the market and discovered a bigger market opportunity since foreign visitors had approached them about international distribution. This, however, has to be preceded by registering the products and standardising the brand and quality.

Photo: Varisa Sinthusake

ActionAid Thailand sees in these communities a huge opportunity to strengthen women’s groups and networks and boost their capacity to generate additional income for their households. We will be working with Chumchonsattha Foundation to fill the gaps, supporting each group in meeting their goals in a sustainable way, be it providing more access to land and resources, marketing channels, marketing strategy or training of specific skill sets.

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ActionAid International visits Thailand's innovative school

On Monday, 17 September 2018, ActionAid Thailand Board Chair Ajarn Chupinit Kesmanee, ActionAid International Representative to ActionAid Thailand Mr Shantanu Consul and Country Director of ActionAid Thailand Tauhid Ibne Farid visited Wat Coke Tong School in Ratchaburi Province.

It was an amazing leadership and learning method that empowers teachers, students and management staff to promote innovative Jitta Sueksa and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). We would like to thank school director Ajarn Chanita Pilachai who demonstrated wonderful leadership in advancing quality education with a powerful team.

ActionAid Thailand has been supporting Wat Coke Thong School through our Education Programme and the innovative Small School Network we work with.

From left: School Director Chinita Pilachai, Mr Tauhid Ibne Farid, Ajarn Chupinit Kesmanee and Mr Shantanu Consul
Jitta Sueksa activity
Grade 3 students' Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

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Driving the creation of pilot schools to shape 21st century learners

On July 17-19, 2018, Dr. Sarawut Sutawong, Chiang Rai Provincial Administrative Organization School Director, and his faculty conducted a training workshop for school leaders on employing Thinking Tools, held at the meeting room of Nan Province’s Primary Education Services Area Office 1.

The workshop was part of the collaboration between Nan’s small school directors’ association and the province’s Primary Education Services Area Office 1 who teamed up with ActionAid Thailand in driving the creation of pilot schools in order to shape 21st century learners. The event hosted 143 participants from 16 schools in Nan Province.

Next on our agenda is to promote the application of these Thinking Tools throughout the system, starting from the classroom. Initial response from existing pilot schools includes students’ improved analytical skills, their increased interest in learning, better classroom atmosphere, and, most importantly, successful academic performance, in that instructors no longer teach by a repetition approach or worry about assessment results, for progress manifests itself in students’ own achievements and development.

We strive to create further and continued impact to make Nan another small province, with its relatively smaller population, that produces as capable youth as those living in bigger provinces. And all this begins with making quality education equally available in all areas and accessible to everyone.

by Patchgorn Pattawipas
Youth and Education Program Officer