STEM for Students
Every child has the right to an education, which is why Mundo Exchange is proud to support Kamplafanatawee – a small school dedicated to providing education to almost 100 village children so they can have the chance to escape the cycle of poverty.
Education in Rural Thailand
While this video from the World Bank shows a small school in Chiang Mai as it’s example, this is a problem that directly mirrors small, village schools in the rural Northeast and all across the country. Budget cuts have led to a shortage of teachers and a lower quality education because teachers are forced to teach the students subjects that they themselves have not mastered.
How much funding a school receives depends on how many students they have, and with the overall population rate of students is (and is projected to continue) dropping, village schools are being hit the hardest with budget cuts. It is critical that these students have access to education so they can have the same opportunities as their peers from larger cities later on in life.
Every child should have the opportunity to access public education.
Dedication and perseverance.
Mundo Exchange has been working closely with and sending volunteers to a rural village school, Kamplaphanatawee. Despite the budget cuts, this school’s director refuses to give up and even sets aside part of his small salary to pay teachers and school fees out of pocket; he understands the importance of keeping small schools like this one open for students who would otherwise not have access to education.
Kamplaphanatawee School has just over 90 students, and a very low budget. Many families earn an average of 4,000 baht a month. For an average family of four that’s only only $120USD a month. Since most people in this region work in the agricultural sector they are vulnerable to sudden income fluctuations due to economic or environmental troubles.
The government currently does not provide any financial assistance such as free school buses for students, and without a school near home many of these students would be forced to discontinue their education, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
With Director Kittichai’s dedication and hard work, his student’s have scored higher than most schools in the area on the annual exams in almost every subject! Boys and girls alike love math, and we are sure with the right teacher and proper equipment and supplies they will excel in science as well.
Our goal is to raise $7,000 annually to continue to bring the quality education they are receiving, as well as bring science to the kids. These kids deserve the right to a high quality education, we would like to expand their horizons, spark curiosity, and inspire them by funding a science program. $7,000 will give these kids at Kamplafanatawee School the well rounded education they have the same right to as their peers.