Visitors learn about ICT during a visit to Banglamung school in Thailand.
On May 7th, the National Institute of Child and Family Development of Mahidol University and the Siam Commercial Foundation together with CPP Thailand arranged a trip from Bangkok to the eastern province of Chonburi near Pattaya city to visit Banglamung school, a partner of CPP Thailand, to learn about their ICT activities.
Banglamung school is a government school that has been recognized as a 'dream school' on ICT activities. It has also become a regional ICT learning centre for schools in the eastern region of the country. The school uses ICT in their education development program and has successfully promoted computer literacy and the use of ICT among teachers and students through personnel capacity building and peer group education.
The students of Banglamung school have actively take part in the ICT program; specifically, all students have their own e-mail addresses. The teachers and the students help each other in creating individual web blogs to present educational work. They also use ICT to communicate with each other on information about lessons and the students can submit homework and assignments online. Many students create online games to share with friends. The students have also set up a clinic to doctor and prevent computer viruses.
On the day of the visit, although the school was closed, students happily came to meet with visitors to present their ICT work. All were very competent in presentation skills and the visitors enjoyed listening to what the students had to say. The visitors discovered firsthand how actively the students have become participating in their school's ICT activities.
Banglamung school is one of the schools in the target of CPP Thailand in launching an ICT Child Protection curriculum. CPP Thailand currently is in the process of developing the curriculum with the school.