Nang and Poy Demonstrating Self Defense
Last month our Ubon Ratchathani branch celebrated its 5th anniversary! Thank you all so much for your support so far. We have achieved so much, but there is still much more to do. Please follow the link here to see our report from Ubon, produced especially for our anniversary.
Claim Your Rights is one of two key training workshops we offer in schools. You can read more about the workshop here. We run pre and post-training tests and collect evaluation surveys from the girls who take this workshop, to try and measure our success in training. We want to share with you some of our findings from this assessment.
We often find a serious lack of understanding of the law and criminal behavior. For example, before training over 50% of girls did not think that domestic violence was a crime. After training, this was reduced to less than 35%.
However, there is some way to go. In training, we found a concerning belief among girls that a crime could not be committed by a friend or relative (over 80% believed this to be not possible), nearly 90% believed that they shouldn’t tell their parents if they experience crime because it is a bother to them, and 83% believed that crimes only included bodily harm.
Fortunately, although this is a serious topic, we are able to run the training with games, role-play and videos so that it is engaging for the students. We received the following feedback:
- 99% highly agreed with the statement: “You have more knowledge and understand more about the dangers in your life after this workshop”.
- 96% highly agreed with the statement: “You now understand more about your rights and the law and how to use this information if violence or crime occurs”.
- 97% highly agreed with the statement: “You have new self-defense skills that you can use if you face danger in your life.”
- 94% highly agreed with the statement: “You can apply this knowledge to your daily life”.
- 84% highly agreed with the statement: “You can share this information with friends and family”.
Comments on the forms included (translated from Thai):
- "I want you to run this training again.”
- "So happy to see you. Please come back.”
- “I like it very much. Now I can protect myself from risk.”
- "Want to have it again, but all day not just a half day."
- "Would like to know more about how to look after myself and want to join an activity like this again.”
- “I want you to do activity every year or one time per year because I know better and understand how to protect myself."
- “So much fun and learn so many things from the trainer. Trainers so nice and happy.”
- “This activity gave us a lot of knowledge. Thank you Pratthanadee Foundation for providing this knowledge and make us understand about the risk.”
The feedback from students is positive, but we are committed to continually improving our impact. We want to share some of our reflections on this approach to training with you:
Poy (Program Coordinator)
"Claim Your Rights brings together the issues that women in today’s world are forced to face, covering threats, rights, and self-defense. Most people think that this has nothing to do with them at the start. However, when the subject is linked with real life, the participants became aware that it is not that distant from them and could have a big impact on their life."
Nang (Program Coordinator - Ubon)
"Claim Your Rights is new for the school and community. No other organization has done the activity in this way before. Students are interested in the activity, enjoy it and really get involved in the workshop.
"The content of the workshop and the way we try to relate it to their daily life really helps them to understand the complicated information we are trying to provide. Some of the schools have high risk students attending. Our workshop is able to already help them with current issues in their life."
We want to say thank you very much for your support, which makes this training possible.
From all the team at the Pratthanadee Foundation (formerly the Goodwill Group Foundation).
PS. Please note that this is our last report under our old name. We are reaching the end of our transition period and will soon fully change our name to the Pratthanadee Foundation. Read more here.
Students Enjoying Training
A former Ubon student who came back to volunteer