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Suthep Thengprakit, a developing teacher from Yala province

 

“The duty of a teacher is not only to educate students, but also to teach them professional skills and life skills so that they are able to adapt to abrupt changes and challenges, a highly-competitive society, and at the same time, are able to take care of themselves and their families,” said Suthep Thengprakit, a developing teacher from Baan Khlong Namsai School in Kabang district of Yala province. Born and raised in Yala province, Suthep grew up understanding his own roots and his community’s conditions very well. He became a teacher with the aspiration to develop new ways of teaching his students to help enhance their quality of life and skills based on their individual aptitudes and talents. At the beginning, he started to apply his mechanic skills, which he had developed while working, into his lessons. Later on, he established a Sufficiency Economy Philosophy Learning Centre, offering business models that allowed students to learn professional skills by practical training and getting paid.

 
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The course covers many different careers, such as, electrician, construction building, electronic technician, and other skills, such as cooking, crafting and sewing.  The project has now been supported and developed by Equitable Education Fund (EEF) to support children and youth who are considered to be in most need of assistance. Efforts put into the project will contribute to reducing the educational gap in Thailand. 

 
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