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LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Program Overview
Right To Play Thailand Foundation has developed significant experience in delivering sport and play based programs in schools and in the Youth Rehabilitation Centers in Thailand. Similarly it has developed strong partnerships with both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice and has becoming increasingly recognized as a leader in the holistic development of children. The Sport and Play Based Life Skills Development Program in Thailand will continue its direct partnership with district, provincial and national authorities across Thailand, expanding to additional schools and strengthening activities in youth centers; integrating life skills education into the formal school system and strengthening youth rehabilitation through leadership opportunities in youth centers across the country. It will also reach new children and youth through strategic partnerships with implementing organizations that are already engaging particularly vulnerable populations. This program will therefore build local capacity to implement programs and also provide direct services to participating children, youth and communities. This innovative life skills program will serve as a model, which Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice and other partners can leverage to build sustainable and high quality sport and play, learner -centered educational programs to benefit the entire country.

Problem Statement
To create a learning environment for Thai students that will result in increased competency in communication, analytical & critical thinking, problem-solving and applying life skills, the Bureau of Academic Affairs and Educational Standards under the Office of Basic Education Commission of the Royal Thai Ministry of Education (MoE) is striving to provide a holistic approach to education and is aiming to promote nationwide life skills education. Recognizing the need for innovative methods they do not possess, the MoE is rolling out a new curriculum and teacher training through partnership with organizations promoting life skills education, where Right To Play holds a prominent position.

In recently released Ministry guidelines on Life Skills Development, four key components of life skills are addressed: 1) appreciation in one’s own and others’ values, 2) analyzing, making decisions and solving problems creatively; 3) emotion and stress management; and 4) building good relationships with others. Right To Play has been developed resources align with OBEC four key components of life skills for teachers to easily integrate the activities suggested in the resources in their teaching subjects. One of the significant barriers to developing a potential of Thai learners of all age groups is lack of quality teachers who have been trained to engage children in life skills education and insufficient skills to deliver a quality education.

Similarly, authorities in Youth Rehabilitation Centers in Thailand have begun to recognize the importance of staff training to improve their approach to addressing youth issues. More specifically, there is a need to build the capacity of Youth Rehabilitation Center staff to rebuild and normalize young offenders through active social and emotional learning and life skills education. Especially in the society, the delinquent youths are often viewed as a problem not as a future citizen with possible growth and development as long as they are provided with proper knowledge and skills. Furthermore, in Bangkok, youth are exposed to both opportunities and risks. The opportunities are reflected in considerable access to primary as well as secondary education, high literacy rates and access to employment The risks include living in an environment that glorifies consumerism, drugs, violence and sex without receiving the appropriate life skills education to enable them to navigate a complex environment while on the path to adulthood.

Goal

To support the holistic development of children and youth in selected schools, youth centers and surrounding communities by using sport and play based learning activities through child-centered learning, in collaboration with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice as well as local NGOs partners.

Objectives

  1. Enhance skills and knowledge of teachers, community volunteers and partners in the implementation of life skills education through child centered learning using play and sport based learning.
  2. Improve life skills education through child-centered learning using play & sport based learning activities for children and youth in schools in southern Thailand and in selected schools across the country that will act as models or ‘Centers of Excellence’.
  3. Increase play and sport based learning, leadership and team building activities including community involvement with disadvantaged youth in selected youth rehabilitation centers in Thailand
  4. Advocate and support a national agenda for the use of play and sport based learning activities to integrate child-centered and life skills education into the classroom and other community activities by building the capacity of Right To Play staff and local NGOs partners and providing direct technical support.

For more information, please contact
Natchawi Wadman
Program Manager (Life Skills Development Program)
Right To Play Thailand Foundation
P + 66 (0) 2740 3520 EXT. 114
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