Cha-Am KhunYing Nueang Buri School opened its doors to lower school students and staff from some 30 local schools as well as welcoming the School Community Committee to showcase the future of secondary school education in Cha-Am. ‘KhunYing’ is an honorary title bestowed on a married woman by the King of Thailand in recognition of outstanding humanitarian, social work or community services; perhaps something akin to bestowing the title ‘Lady’ in a Western country. In this case the school recognises the primary benefactor of the school whose involvement in the school’s establishment goes back almost 50 years.
Cha-Am Today joined a variety of invited guests to look at what’s on offer in local high school education. This was an exhibition of school activities with students providing musical entertainment (traditional dancing, a brass band and its own rock band) and a variety of arts, crafts and examples of student work in subjects such as history, mathematics, foreign languages and woodwork. The aim was to give confidence to primary students soon progressing to the secondary level. The highlight of the exhibition was the demonstration of a 650,000 THB hi-tech interactive digital teaching aid. In a designated ‘smart classroom’ we were shown a sneak preview of a blackboard sized slim screen which allows teachers to use the touch screen for interactive teaching as well as video programs and online lessons. This was part of the current ‘Labschools Project’. Mr. Somchai Kruek Kruen, the School Principal, was host to the guests and joined in a presentation of awards to teachers. Cha-Am Khun Ying Nueang Buri School is Cha- Am’s secondary school under the Petchaburi Ministry of Education.