IT Classes 2014: Ban Arwae School, Ban Lamduan School and Ban Nong Yao School

In June 2014, Fund Isaan installed 3 new computer classes in primary school throughout the Surin province. In the past, Fund Isaan has always worked with high schools, providing them with computer classes to aid in the development of Isaan’s youth. Over the years, we have seen that the Thai government has started more and more initiatives to provide technological education and materials such as computers to high schools. Fund Isaan is happy to see Thailand improving its educational system, however, we also see that primary schools in rural areas are still left without proper means to educate children on the use of technology in their daily lives. Even in rural areas, computers and other technologies are used daily. Every town has at least a few internet shops that are packed with people every day.

Young students need to get the chance to learn how to use technology in primary school, so that by the time they need it for their work and school, they are proficient enough to be able to focus on the task at hand. To promote computer education at primary schools, we installed 3 computer classes in 3 different primary schools in the countryside of the Surin province of Thailand. Each computer class contained 7 computers, a multifunctional printer/copier and an internet connection. Furthermore, on each computer we installed the E-Learning for Kids educational software package and 3 games created by Fund Isaan: Mathematics, Sudoku and What is it. We installed these computer classes at the Ban Arwae School in the Thatum district and the Ban Lamduan School and Ban Nong Yao in Prasat district of Surin. Attached to this report are pictures of the installation process and first use ceremonies at all schools.

We will return to these schools the coming 3 years to keep the computer classes operational and make sure they are used as much as possible. We are very happy to be able to work with the very motivated teachers and directors of these schools. Without their help, this project would have never been possible. Another 500 students are now able to use computers and access the internet at their schools, shaping their education and life for the years to come. The internet will open the world to them, greatly expanding their learning potential.