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