Poonsab Mercy PreSchool, Thailand

INTO Giving first began supporting impoverished Thai preschool children in 2014, through the Poonsab Preschool, through pledging 384,502 Thai bhat, approximately £7,500.

The preschool provides early-stage education for children aged three to six living in the Bangkok slums and was one of the 23 Mercy Centre schools in Thailand.

The preschool also brings parents and guardians of the children together for seminars on child development, financing and budgeting, HIV and AIDS awareness, and the importance of education.

Giving Children a Good Start

Providing preschool for children aged three to six years-old from the slums enables their mothers to work and to provide for the family. Children follow a school curriculum that includes Thai, English, arithmetic, Thai history and folklore, sport and the arts. When they start at the preschool 20% of children suffer from malnutrition.

The Poonsab Preschool provides all students with a nutritious lunch, and monitors their weight and height throughout their learning.

The preschool focuses on strengthening the poorest communities and giving these children access to education. Their love of learning means that the children are able to start their primary education with confidence, helping them to successfully progress through the ensuing stages of primary education and beyond. One hundred per cent of Poonsab pupils progress to primary school.

 

INTO Giving's Participation

INTO Giving supported the preschool by contributing funds towards: food, stationery, medical costs, transportation and training for teachers, water, electricity and gas, renovation and telephone costs. Our support for teacher training helped improve the quality of teaching and learning.

 

GOOD NEWS

In 2015, the Thai government decided to make the school one of its own, and took over its day-to-day running. This was an outstanding success, for it meant that, from that day forward, the school receives all of the funding it needs to continue running, including teacher salaries, classroom supplies and school food.

As a result of the government adopting the project, INTO Giving focused on supporting children at one of the Poonsab's sister schools, the Slaughterhouse Preschool.

 

 

 

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