Category
Education and Empowerment

Year
2019-2021

Location
Rayong and Lopburi, Thailand

21st Century Education

(In partnership with
Kenan Foundation Asia)

About this project

Kenan Foundation Asia is a non-profit organization with charitable status. Kenan works in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Education to inspire students, develop skilled teachers and grow strong school leaders. Kenan’s goal is to ensure every child receives a modern education and is ready for the careers of tomorrow.

The IVL Foundation sponsored Kenan’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program to train both teachers and students in order to improve science and engineering education in Thailand in recognition of the growing demand for higher level skills and better career opportunities.

2021

• In June, Kenan Foundation Asia organized an online “Teacher Professional Development Training” on Properties of Matter in Rayong for the third consecutive year. This training program was the last module of the three-year training which is a continuation of the training from 2019-2020. The program was developed for 30 lower secondary science teachers from 30 Extended Opportunity Schools in Rayong province to develop and to reinforce the teachers’ knowledge, skills and teaching techniques in STEM education.

• In August and November, Kenan Foundation Asia organized two rounds of Profession Learning Communities for participating teachers to ensure that the teachers would be able to effectively adapt their new teaching method to the remote learning situation.

• In January 2022, Kenan Foundation Asia organized the virtual Youth Innovation Camp for 53 students in Grade 7-9 from four schools (Wat Huaypong School, Wat Huang Hin School, Ban Nong Kho School and Chumchon Wat Thab Ma School). The full day virtual Innovation Camp focused on four engineering activities in which the students had a chance to perform hands-on activities and apply STEM knowledge to solve the challenge.

2020

• In August, Kenan Foundation Asia organized the “Teacher Professional Development Training” and “Professional Learning Communities” on Properties of Matter-2 at Rayong for the second consecutive year. This was in continuation of the training from last year to further develop the knowledge skills of the teachers.

• In October, Kenan Foundation Asia organized “Teacher Professional Development Program,” “Essential Science Kits” and “Professional Learning Communities” on Properties of Matter-1 for the first time in Lopburi. This training program is developed for 29 lower secondary science teachers from 29 Extended Opportunity Schools. The IVL Foundation also provided laboratory equipment and learning materials to all the 29 schools from where the teachers participated.

• In December, Kenan Foundation Asia organized “Youth Innovation Camp” at Wat Nongkrabien School, Lopburi. 51 seventh grade students from three Extended Opportunity Schools participated in the camp. The full day interactive Innovation Camp included two science activities and two engineering activities in which the students applied STEM knowledge to solve the challenges with their teammates.

Teacher Training in Rayong

Participant Testimonial: https://www.kenan-asia.org/supporting-the-community/

Teacher Training and Innovation Camp in Lopburi

Participant Testimonial: https://www.kenan-asia.org/program-teachers-students/

2019-2020

Kenan Foundation Asia organized a “Teacher Professional Development Program,” “Essential Science Kits” and “Professional Learning Communities Mentoring” for science teachers in Rayong in 2019 and an “Innovation Camp” for students in Rayong in 2020. There were 30 teachers from 30 schools who participated in the Teacher Professional Development Program on Properties of Matter 1. The program inspired the teachers to develop their strategies when it comes to science teaching. Moreover, 58 students in 7th and 8th grade from 29 schools in Rayong participated in the Innovation Camp. During the Camp, students performed a series of hands-on, team-based activities to solve the challenges with conventional thinking and test outside the box theories.

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