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Founder

Mechai Viravaidya

 

School Mission

To Create a Generation of Honest Leaders who will Improve Rural Thailand

 
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Newsletter
July 2012 (Thai)
June 2012 (Thai)
May 2012 (Thai)
Mar 2012 (Thai)
Feb 2012 (Thai)
Jan 2012 #1 (Thai)
Jan 2012 #2 (Thai)
Volume 1 - 2011 (Thai)
Volume 2 - 2011 (Thai)
Volume 2 - 2011 (Eng)
Dec2011 (Thai)
 
Location

Buriram Province,
Thailand

 

History

2008 - Construction Began
2009 - 1st Grade 7 Class
2010 - Grade 7 & Grade 8
2011 - Grade 7-9
2012 - Grade 10 in Pattaya

 
Contact Us

Dr. Werasit Sittitrai,
Headmaster

Email
bambooschool
(at)
mechaifoundation.org

 
Sponsors
CLSA Chairman's Trust
Alan Hassenfeld
Matthew Kelly Family Foundation
Toshiba Thailand
Microsoft Thailand
Ensogo.Com
 
Partners
Thai Rice Foundation Under Royal Patronage
Rembrandt Hotel
Student Centered Learning Thailand
 
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Students Help with Flood Cleanup in Ayuthaya
Welcome to Our School - A Lifelong Learning Center  

Our Vision

A school where the pupils are happy and can fulfill their potential, which is adapted to its local environment and current technology. This school develops the complete individual - instilling individual morality, preserving community tradition, and promoting good citizenship. The Mechai Pattana School endeavors to promote the following values: environmental protection, education, poverty eradication, philanthropy, integrity, and democracy & gender equality.

Thai education has generally concentrated on literacy and numerical skills, with little emphasis on new ideas and creativity skills. The Mechai Pattana School intends to change this situation for poor, rural students.
The school strives towards getting its pupils to perform at their full potential by focusing on developing the complete individual. The lessons at the school are focused on enabling students to analyze and create.


Aerial View of the Mechai Pattana School

The Bamboo School also serves as:

  • A life-long learning center for the entire community; where everyone is welcome to use the school to improve their agricultural, business, and general vocational skills.
  • A hub for economic and social advancement; where micro-credit funding is available for families within the school community.
  • A teacher training facility; where teachers from rural areas can come to improve their teaching skills.


The Original Thinking at the Bamboo School

The school term closes during rice planting and harvesting seasons to enable students to participate in rice farming. The school week is from Thursday to Monday (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday) to enable outsiders to visit and teach at the school during their weekends.

There are no student fees in monetary terms at the school. Rather, the students and parents have to plant 365 trees and pay their fees with 365 hours of community service.

Year 10 students will be sent to Pattaya for one entire year. Here they will be immersed in a different cultural, economic, and social atmosphere. The campus will be located at the Birds and Bees Resort.

Outside the Classroom

Students are given the responsibility of participating in the teacher selection and evaluation process. Students are given the responsibility for selecting the incoming Grade 7 students, which promotes leadership at an early age. Students operate businesses that have a positive impact within their community, with some of the profits going towards primary student scholarships in government schools. Students participate in the purchasing committee, which enables them to learn budgeting, planning, transparency, and negotiation skills.


In the Classroom

Students are encouraged to use internet as well as books. Students choose projects and activities they would like to explore, and the teachers facilitate the learning process, encouraging self-direction. Team-building is encouraged, so students work collaboratively on solving problems or work on projects in small groups.


Construction

The Secondary School features environmentally-friendly bamboo architecture, which is specially treated to last up to 80 years. The school also boasts the largest bamboo geodesic dome in the world at 30 meters in diameter. The school was designed by the famous Singaporean architect, Mr. Tay Kheng Soon, of Akitek Tengarra.

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