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AHHA Thailand Progress


The AHHA Thailand team, under direct training from Big Teacher, (Dr Madenjit Singh) has been busy since January 2015. A lot of progress has been made on the English curriculum to make it even easier to learn English in a short period of time. The 20 exchange program students are making great gains in their understanding ‘Science of Life’ taking on greater leadership roles in preparation for being sent out to oversea English studies in a Thai public school. Here We take a look at the recent developments and future plans for AHHA Thailand.


 

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Following the military coup of 2014, the new Thai government is currently in the process of rewriting the country’s constitution to meet the modern needs of the people. A large part of this rewrite includes dealing with ongoing educational issues, particularly with regards to improving the number of English speakers amongst the population.

This task is primarily being managed by the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC). This is the branch of the Thai government responsible for overseeing all mainstream public primary and secondary schools across Thailand’s circa 220 educational areas. Each of these areas is managed by a director, who has overall responsibility for all schools within that area, as well as the many thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students.

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International Volunteer Experiences in AHHA Education


Effie Bigum, 24 years old, Australian girl, is now a current volunteer in AHHA Education.

She is placed in Buri Ram province, Thailand, the headquarters of our international NGO.

Effie has shared her experience and thoughts about the organization. Let’s get to know her better!


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1. Effie, its a pleasure to have you here and we really want to thank you for your time and all the work that youre doing with us. To start, can you tell us a bit about your current role in the organization? What are your main tasks?

 

You’re more than welcome. Well, to start, I have to tell that the organization in Thailand is a bit different from the other countries AHHA is working in. Right now we have a contract with Thai government to check if it’s possible to implement the AHHA English program in Thai public schools. My team is basically working towards that goal right now: to show how good the program is and display to the government and other schools, so they can be able to use it. It’s a big step for our organization and, if everything goes as we expected, also for the country.

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Our Big Teacher reaches Top 10 Finalists for Global Teacher Prize!

Meet our inspirational Founder, Dr. Madenjit Singh, nominated as one of the Top 10 finalists in the prestigious Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize. A prize awarded to one creative minded educator who has had an incredible motivational impact on their students and open community. Are you as excited as we are?!

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The Global Teacher Prize seeks to accomplish for educators what the Nobel Prize accomplishes for science, literature and peace. This year our Big Teacher has been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists, short listed alongside a community of outstanding nominees from all over the world. Read more

AHHA Global Village 2014

Friday’s social night coincided with the international teachers monthly meeting in GDI-AHHA Education HQ. It was a perfect opportunity for them to showcase their various cultures.

The students were keen to understand more about the different countries that were on display. These included: England, France, Spain, Senegal, Denmark, The Netherlands, Macau, China, Japan, Austria, USA, Canada, Indonesia, South America and of course Timor Leste!

The school was treated to Spanish guitar playing, Japanese Karaoke, African traditional dress, Dutch biscuits and Timorese singing.

The many different races studying and teaching under one roof is a wonderful of display of ‘unity in diversity’ that exist in all AHHA schools. Read more

Capoeira Workshop

GDI-AHHA Education students spent Saturday afternoon learning about Capoeira – a traditional martial art form originating from African slaves in Brazil.

Adilson from Angola paid a visit to the main centre to showcase the different musical instruments that are used in Capoeira. He then treated everyone to a crazy performance on the stage.

The students learnt some of the basic moves and were able to put it to the test in the main hall. The whole school was filled with energy as the students sung and sparred together!

Classroom to Conference: ASK US ABOUT… AHHA Education!

After another fab week of preparation at our Phnom Penh HQ (and a quick 7.30am car breakdown during rush hour), GDI-AHHA Education unloaded 50 of our hard working Academy students to this year’s National Social Enterprise Conference of Cambodia 2014.

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Only a couple of months away from completing their first two years of English training, what better way to practice exposure than telling people how much they’ve gained from their unique life skills programme?

Whilst the leap from classroom to conference hall is by no means a small one, simply experiencing the business environment and the opportunity to be part of one instantly opens up another perspective for their future. Read more

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