Pathway School #1 THE SCHOOL FOR LIFE Location: Chiangmai
This school was chosen because of its joining of Thai Ministry of Education required curriculum with a vocational curriculum the co-founder , Professor Dr. Jurgen Zimmer, calls the seven excellences. These seven excellences are practical vocational learning opportunities that teachers at the school for life integrate in the morning academic learning and then help student actualize the learning in a specific project the produces real goods and services that sellable. One of the hallmarks of student centered learning is to make learning directly apply to the students daily life and to making a living. Students who attend the school for life are very poor children who come from subsistence hill tribe communities where growing food is a matter of survival.
One of the major projects included in the seven excellences is the art of growing organic food and marketing that food. Observing teachers from other school can learn how the teachers integrate the learning in academic learning in the morning with the actual learning by doing the organic farming in the afternoon. Thus students in the math classes by learn how to produce a perfect rectangle of certain dimensions in order to design plots for different crops. They may also learn to perform the math for a planned drip irrigation system for a few rai of land growing certain cash crops. In biology they may study soil analysis. In the afternoon they may actually take soil samples and decide how suitable the soil is for various crops proposed for sowing.
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This not for profit organization helps children at risk from marginalized groups of people in
Thailand. Most of the children are hill tribe children. Many have been abused, some have been trafficked, all are poorest of the poor.
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