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Indian delegates learn about Thailand’s good education practices

A group of secondary school students of Wat Khien Khet gives a welcome dance to the Indian delegates. The school dance performances have won several prizes at a national level.

Higher secondary school girls of Wat Khien Khet ‘wai’ the delegates as a way of greeting and showing respect. Thai students in government schools regularly wear student uniform to school in white top and blue, black or khaki shorts for boys, and blue or black pleated skirt for girls.

Primary school students study in a classroom in their sport outfits. On the day of physical education lessons they wear their short-sleeves sport shirt in colours varying from school to school.

A Thai teacher teaches her students how to geographically locate Thailand’s neighbouring countries in English language.

A Thai teacher shows an Indian delegate how ICT is used in his classroom.

Primary students of Wat Khien Khet in their school uniforms wave good bye wishes to the delegate visitors.

Triplet boys present their class assignments in an English lesson.

A pre-school girl is on the way to brush her teeth after lunch.

A group of pre-primary school students pose in their lunch apron in front of their classroom after lunch break. In general, Thai government schools offer a two-year pre-school education whereas private schools may offer three years.

A group of secondary school girls performs a science experiment and invite a delegate from India to participate.

An Indian delegate asks a primary school boy to read out loud and make a summary of his reading during his library lesson.

The Indian delegates take a group photo with student performers after a farewell dance.

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A group of 20 senior educators from India recently visited Wat Khien Khet School in Patumthani, Thailand, as part of their exposure visit between 30 January and 3 February 2012. 

The senior members came from the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development at both national and state levels to learn about good practice information in the areas related to teacher cadre management, decentralised school management and inclusive practices in Thailand. 

UNESCO Bangkok assisted and coordinated this study visit. 

Established in 1890, Wat Khien Khet School, has a long and proud history. It is well renowned for its excellent academic leadership and is certified as a model Laboratory School at the provincial level by the Thai Ministry of Education and often used as a Teaching School for training personnel of other schools in curriculum design and implementation. The school also participates in the World Class Standard Schools Project, a government initiative designed to upgrade the quality of Thai schools to reach international standards. The school provides education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. There are 2,628 students and 138 school staff. 

The Indian delegates also visited governmental education offices, institutions, university and an inclusive school and had a wrap-up session at UNESCO Bangkok on the final day for a summary of good practices learned during the study visit and with discussions on promising practices.

The study visit is part of Save the Children, India’s project funded by the European Commission to research, document and share international best practices in education leading to innovation in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Government of India’s flagship programme on education. 

Its overall objective is to support the Government of India in achieving the quality targets of the SSA through an exchange of international best practices through capacity building of national and state level institutions and education departments in India, and local education structures within one district in each of five states of India; international research on identification of best practices in the EU and elsewhere; and international study visits.