I’ve learned at this school, that things can change if we want them to."
-Puy, Grade 8 Student at Mechai Pattana School
The Mechai Pattana School emphasizes project-based learning, as opposed to the rote memorization that is usually taught in Thailand's public schools. This educational model ensures that the desire for knowledge does not end in the classroom. The students at the Secondary School are encouraged to take elective courses (including cooking, art, and computer skills) to harness their own inner creativity. Students use the internet along with textbooks, so that they have endless access to knowledge in the information age.
Rather than strict admission requirements, students are eligible to attend the Mechai Pattana School beginning in Grade 7 by way of a selection committee made up of existing students at the school. This is part of the philosophy the school aims to embrace: given the opportunity, any child can mature into a good citizen, regardless of social and economic background. Students choose which projects and activities they would like to explore, and the teachers facilitate the learning process, so that there are no limits to what can be achieved. As an important part of getting them ready for the future, the children must identify problems and come up with solutions, including developing social enterprises that have a positive impact within their community.
Creativity is an Essential Part of the Learning Process
Incoming Students are Selected by Students Already Attending Mechai Pattana School