23 APRIL 2012
BAN PALA-UE SCHOOL
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
December, 2012, Education Center of Thai Hill Tribe “Mae Fah Luang” Ban Pala-U, Sop Moei, Chiang Mai
The Hill Areas Education Center (HAE) Ban Pala-U is located in hill area surrounded by encircling hills. Car cannot reach there. Furthermore, it is located near Thai-Myanmar border. Salween River runs pass the village’s front. From Sop Moei, we headed to get into a boat at Mae Sam Lab sub-district. The Build foundation’s team spent around 1 hour but we enjoyed with beautiful atmospheres along the way. The right side is Myanmar’s land and the lift side is Thailand’s land. Owing to fast-flowing Salween River and full of rock, we needed experienced steersman. After the boat docked, the team had to walk shortly so we reached the education center. We spent 16 hours for journey from Bangkok totally.
Crowded students were in a small wooden building without even electricity and water. This building was used as the Education Center of Thai hill tribe “Mae Fah Luang” Ban Pala-U. As we mentioned previously, it was motivation causing The Build foundation stepped conscientiously in support and development of remote area children’s education for their equality with children in big cities. The Build foundation constructed a concrete education building with 3 studying rooms. The new building was roofed with roof-tiles and toilet and gave equipment and digital media True Plookpanya included 32 inch TV together with the red cabinet (equipment cabinet), receiver True Visions contained with knowledge channels, True Click Life digital media for Computer subject for kindergarten - grade 6, 8 Learning Substance Groups and Sufficiency Game digital media. It included additional teaching aids namely table, chair, blackboard and sporting goods and installed Solar Cell system. The satellite internet system was installed, classroom decoration and education building painting and external building landscape design.
After the construction completed, children sat together and watched cartoon and knowledge programs from True Plookpanya on television screen. They were very excited because it was the the first time they saw the sea and creature in other countries including cartoons they have never seen before. It was a good experience and The Build team also was more than happy to see children had new imagination and opened their vision. What we have got here is great motivation pushing The Build foundation to move forward and develop disadvantaged children’s education.