We are delighted to announce that thanks to funding from GlobalGiving's amazing donors, we have full funded the need for this project in the areas we work!
GVI have been putting skills and knowledge into the hands of the communities of the Ao Luk and Takuapa Districts, Thailand for nearly 7 years. This has been achieved by providing free English classes and volunteer teachers for Primary and Secondary schools, non-formal education centres and community based organisations. To expand on this work, we have led several successful workshops for local teachers, training them in the techniques we use to teach English. This enables us to ensure the work we are doing is sustainable and is illustrated by the successful completion of our objectives in Ao Luk with former students becoming teachers and leading free English classes themselves.
In 2012, GVI moved to the Takuapa District to support English language education in a new location. During 2012, the ASEAN Economic Community, which uses English as it’s official working language, declared 2012 as ‘The Year of English Speaking.’ As a member country, Thailand is therefore in need of developing the overall level of English of the populous. English language ability, particularly in more disadvantaged communities, remains low. The tourism sector is one of the largest industries in Southern Thailand and as English is one of the most widely spoken languages, it is essential that Thai communities have a good working knowledge of English in order to reap the economic benefits.
Over the course of the past 3 years, we have successfully trained over 50 teachers from over 35 schools in the Takuapa and Ao Luk districts in Southern Thailand. The teachers who participated in the workshop now feel more confident to use different teaching techniques in their English language lessons, which in turn will enable them to teach more effectively. This will ultimately contribute to higher levels of English language abilities in the communities we work with. It is only with the generous funding support of our donors that has enabled us to achieve this success!
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