| Jul 12, 2023
Bringing Success through Outstanding Educational Opportunity
Active Learning Methods - Laptop and iPad Donation
When you see the smiling faces in our photos, it can be hard to imagine the difficult backgrounds of the girls and what they have experienced in their youth. No matter what the girl’s background, your support is transforming their lives from deep inside and that transformation quickly shines in their joy and appreciation. With your help this year Dhammajarinee is providing outstanding education to 1020 studetns from all areas of Thailand.
Get to know the girls
- 101 Students come from remote, northern hill-tribe areas
- 65 Students arrived below their grade level in reading and academics
- 71 Students are not fluid in reading
- 15 Students have learning disabilities or handicaps
- 95% come from broken homes
- 50% are orphaned or abandoned
- 20% come from extreme poverty
- Only 5% of the students come from normal backgrounds
Laptop and iPad Donations from Roche
Throughout the academic year, we will continue the digital transformation at Dhammajarinee. This includes students using laptops/tablets throughout class to research topics that the teacher presents. This hands-on, active learning method engages students in learning, promotes critical thinking, and encourages a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Research has demonstrated the active learning methods increase test scores by 6%. In addition, students will use the laptops and iPads to learn coding and online English, math, and science.
We are happy to report that inspired by our efforts to provide DWS students access to technology for online learning, two divisions of Roche Thailand generously donated 50 high-quality used laptops and 25 used iPads. Our goal is that every girl has access to her own laptop/tablet, and we continue to work towards making this happen. (More photos below)
Online Math Education
Students in grades 1-6 began using an online math platform called Matific. Matific is an award-winning program used by millions of students in 125 countries. Although Matific is available in Thai, Dhammajarinee's Director Acharn Yai has opted for the students to run the program in English to improve their math and English simultaneously. Research has demonstrated that just 30 minutes of Matific per week improves test scores by an average of 34%. The Head of General Administration remarked that already within the first session, the girls were very engaged and enjoying the program.
On 15 June, the school celebrated ‘Wai Kru’, a traditional festival where students show their respect and appreciation for teachers at the beginning of the academic year.
Celebrating Thai National Language Day
On 26 June, the school and the Thai Language Essentials Group celebrated Sunthorn Phu Day, or Thai National Language Day, to inspire the students about the importance of the Thai language. The students learned about ancient Thai literature, created drama performances from those stories, and designed sustainable fashion around this theme, using a variety of recycled materials.
Angel Wings Scholarship
Two of the 2023 graduates received the prestigious Angel Wings Foundation Scholarship of $10,000 per student, which is only awarded to 16 students in Thailand.
Your donations, no matter how small or big, continue to pave the way for more and more girls to take control of their lives and fulfill their dream.
With great appreciation and thanks,
Linda Wagoner for Dhammajarinee School
50 Laptops and 25 Ipads, donated by Roche Thailand
Grades 1-6 began online math with Matific
Students honor their teachers on Wai Kru Day
Costumes celebrate Thai National Language Day
Two graduates received the Angel Wings Scholarship