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Giant Book of Virtue: A Crystal of Unification from Life Skill Camp 3

Giant Book of Virtue: A Crystal of Unification from Life Skill Camp 3

Nov 2, 2014 – Primary students of Ban Tu Tae Ram School and Ban Pi Yai School
joined a camp “Satu Padu: In Unison We Harmonize” for 3 days and 2 nights during October 31 – November 2, 2014 at Bara Resort, Satul. The camp is a part of activities from the program Life and Educational Development for Children and Youth: Reading and Essential Life Skill Development initiated by the partnership of Pfizer Thailand Foundation and World Vision Foundation of Thailand. By this program the two entities aim at developing some proper and necessary life skills for these children, age 6-12, from Ban Tu Tae Ram School and Ban Pi Yai School, La Ngu District, Satul Province. 98 students of Prathom 3-5 participated the activity.
 
The camp began with the ice breaker and then the children were divided into 5 groups and assorted by schools for the group activities and stations. The students learned from these knowledgeable to respect other people, respect others’ abilities, refuse temptation and agitation, take teamwork to collaborate and build healthy relationship among one another.
 
The key activity of the camp was giant books. The children could weave their own stories of goodness and draw their own colorful illustrations through the books. They were expected to improve their individual skills in reading as well as collective skills in teamwork. The children were encouraged to apply what they had been cultivated previously as devices to complete the books. They respected one another while they were brainstorming, trusted their friends’ ability during the division of labor and bonded their relationship throughout the creation. Eventually, the children managed to bind their 5 larger-than-life books presenting the story of morality values which emerged from their ethical basis.
 
“I loved it. What the children portrayed exceeded my expectation”, told Sanong Usa, the speaker of the camp and teacher of Ban Wang Prachun.
 
“It was very enjoyable. I gained new experiences and learned many things from what the teachers summarized for us; what is good and what is bad and how so”, said Viyuda Bara, the Prathom-5 student girl from Ban Tu Tae Ram.
 
“The camp activities encouraged them to stand out”, admired Raweewan Songkua, the advisor teacher of Prathom 3, Pi Yai School. 
 
 
Life and Education Development for Children and Youth Program: Reading and Essential Life Skill Development is originally initiated following the success of the Young Leadership Project (2006-2012) and Pfizer Thailand Foundation sought to provide further development for children in restive areas. Schools in Satul were thus selected as models. We aim at improving children’s reading and life skills to address the problem of literacy after it was found out that many of the underprivileged children aged 6-12 do not have sufficient reading and communication skills expected of their age. In addition, better reading skill helps broaden their perspectives. The program has started in 2013 and will complete in 2017 with the goals to improve not only the children’s reading skill but also abilities to analyze and summarize information, communicate, solve problems, handle their own emotions, relate to others and take responsibility towards the common good of the community.  The activities of the program include improvement of school libraries and reading materials to inspire children to read more, development of Thai language skill after school, life skill camps and field trips.