“As English becomes a turnkey to fundamental education and employment opportunities, more and more disadvantaged people are being locked out.” - British Counsel
With ASEAN identifying English as a common language, it has become a critical factor in obtaining higher education and employment opportunities in Thailand.
These pathways are essential to steering youth-at-risk clear of crime, drugs and the sex trade –particularly for impoverished Hill Tribe communities living in the Golden Triangle. While city schools attract skilled teachers and wealthier families can afford English tutoring, these students are being left behind.
For a typical student, English classes involve merely rewriting lines on a blackboard with teachers poorly trained in the subject who lack the confidence to interact with them. This means that the prospects that basic English language skills can offer are a distant reality to village life.
Since 2001, FDSC has conducted over 100 English Activity Camps to educate, motivate and engage more than 10,000 high school students.
These two-day camps give students an opportunity to interact with native English speakers in a fun environment. The goal is to convey the relevance and importance of English, build confidence, and show them how they can practice English in daily life.
The camps, which have also upskilled over 500 rural teachers, build confidence through showing teachers how to move away from the blackboard and teach English through fun, interactive and practical activities that work.