Champions of out-of-school children: ICT training for teachers of stateless and non-Thai students
The Ministry of Education Thailand has been promoting access to basic education for all children in Thailand regardless of their nationalities. Along the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak province, more than 13,000 non-Thai children, including migrant and stateless children, have been supported to enroll in Thai public schools to obtain basic education. Another 12,000 migrant children participate in education programmes at migrant learning centres (MLCs) supported by NGOs.
For these children, learning at school can be challenging. Many of them struggle in classes due to language barriers and the lack of quality learning materials and educational support. Their literacy proficiency in Thai and Burmese languages has been low. Despite the high commitment to provide education for marginalized children, teachers on the border also face difficulties because of limited resources and facilities at schools, such as teaching materials, internet access and ICT equipment.
In response to this situation, UNESCO Bangkok has been implementing the Mobile Literacy for Out-of-School Children initiative since late 2014 in collaboration with True Corporation, Microsoft and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education Thailand. More than 5,500 migrant and Thai children from 60 schools and MLCs in Tak, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Ranong and Samut Sakhon provinces have enhanced their literacy and numeracy skills through mobile learning and ICT devices, such as tablets with the multiple language app LearnBig, satellite TV and internet. Those students include Chit Ko, who obtained the top score in the Non-Formal Primary Education Programme examination in Myanmar’s Kayin State.
Following the 1st and the 2nd trainings provided for 231 teachers, with the continued support of all partners, the 3rd Teacher Training on ICT Devices and Teaching Methods for Migrant and Thai Teachers will be organized in Mae Sot, Tak province, to extend support to teachers and students at additional 10 schools and MLCs in Tak and Ranong provinces.
At the training, 20 teachers will learn to use tablets preloaded with the app LearnBig, which includes more than 1,000 books and learning materials in Thai, Burmese and Karen languages. In addition, they will be trained on the use of Trueplookpanya satellite TV and internet provided by True Corp as well as teaching techniques from the experts of Microsoft, Ministry of Education Thailand and teachers who have participated in the project. The teachers are expected to develop ICT integrated lesson plans during the training.
For more information about the project and LearnBig app, please visit www.learnbig.net
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