Long distance teaching Wang Klaikangwon School in Hua Hin

The long distance learning via satellite transmitted from Wang Klaikangwon School in Hua Hin has it beginning in 1996. The Distance Learning Foundation has incorporated His Majesty the King's educational policy of 'Ob Rom Born Nisai', moral teaching and training, 'Lifelong Learning via Technology' and the 'Sufficiency Economy'.

The lack of basic education in Thailand constitutes a fundamental flaw in the whole educational system. The majority of Thailand's rural children suffer from a lack of qualified teachers in difficult subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science, as well as a lack of secondary schools. This imbalance is reflected by the fact that there are some 30,000 primary schools but only 2,650 institutions for secondary education. This means is that every year children of 12 completing their basic education had very limited options to pursue further studies.

In order to make this knowledge available to a wider audience, the Grand Chamberlain Khwankeo Vajarodaya came up with a brilliant plan to transmit some of the lectures via satellite from Wang Klaikangwon School in Hua Hin to remote parts of the Kingdom.

Other countries in the region including Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines have learned from Thai long distance teaching and have set up their own satellite education systems.

In 2005, the Meeting of the Eminent Expert Group on Space Technology Applications for Sustainable Development of ESCAP commended the Wang Klaikangwon School distance education system for its technical simplicity, effectiveness and as a 'Model of Low-Cost Distance Education Classroom Management' in the region. To cap off the meeting, the experts gave a standing ovation and a long round of applause to honour HM the King.

Reported by Hua Hin News Net

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