Project status: Planning
Literacy is our second step of our fight against poverty. Our teaching methodology will take on a hybrid of practical and theoretical education. We will also leverage the internationalism of our volunteers to share stories and experiences with our students from a world beyond Bangthali. The goal is to ensure students are learning relevant and useful materials, and are inspired to drive their own future.
We will be teaching children a combination of fundamental theory and life skills. Similar to the Waldorf education system, our goal is to develop “free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence”.
Early childhood: children will learn life skills through play, creation and experiments. The focus of these years is to develop the child’s desire and ability to dream, then show them that things are achievable. The classes are focused on using our hands.
Sample lesson: making and performing music using recycled materials
Elementary: children will continue their development mainly through storytelling and discussions. A more structural education (i.e. ‘basic’ academic classes in language, math, history) is also introduced.
Sample lesson: tell us a time you decided to share
Secondary: students are driving their own learning with teachers who are specialists. More ‘abstract’ academic subjects are introduced (i.e. ethics and philosophy, business) based on interest. Lessons will be relevant to life in the village but based on topics that will require critical thinking, judgement and ethics.
Sample lesson: ideas to make a farm more efficient all year round