Lessons from Vietnam and Singapore

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Regional success stories point the way, but the government has been a slow learner so far

Originally published in The Nation on 14th February 2017

When the National Council for Peace and Order came to power in 2014, it pledged to reform Thailand’s failing institutions, among which education was a clear priority. Now, with democratic elections expected within 18 months and little sign of any substantial reforms to education, it will take a determined effort by the country’s leadership to start catching up with neighbouring countries.

That Thailand’s education system is underperforming and urgently requires reform is recognised by both sides of the political divide, as well as by the general public. A 2015 NIDA poll concluded that Thais prioritise the education system as most needing reform. Furthermore, the failings of the Thai education system are highlighted annually, with average scores in national assessments rarely breaking 50 per cent. Recent…

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New Singaporean International School opens in Chiang Mai

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Established in 2001 as the first Singapore International School in Thailand pioneering the Singapore education curriculum, Singapore International School of Bangkok launched SISB Ekkamai as its first campus. SISB currently operates  four campuses in Thailand, which adopt the Singapore and UK curricula as the foundation for teaching and learning.

SISB has now opened a new school in Chiang Mai with programmes for students in Nursery, Kindergarten and Primary (P1-P6).

For more information visit the Singapore International School (SISB) Chiangmai website

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Demand rises for #InternationalEducation in #NorthernThailand

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Originally published in BCCT Link Magazine

While Bangkok remains the centre of Thailand’s buoyant international education sector, with as many as 150 international schools located in and around the capital, demand for high quality English language education is driving the sector’s growth throughout the country, with regional hubs such as Phuket and Chiang Mai experiencing significant growth.

The growth of the international education sector in Northern Thailand can be attributed to the growing aspirations of the region’s middle classes, the perceived inadequacies of the national education systems, the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which English is recognized as the economic bloc’s official language, and more recently, demand from Asia-Pacific students opting to learn at international schools in Thailand. Of the international programmes on offer, schools providing a British-based curriculum are proving to be among the most popular, possibly as a result of the association with world renowned…

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International School in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

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While Bangkok remains the centre of Thailand’s buoyant international education sector, with as many as 150 international schools located in and around the capital, demand for high quality English language education is driving the sector’s growth throughout the country, with regional hubs such as Phuket and Chiang Mai experiencing significant growth.

The growth of the international education sector in Northern Thailand can be attributed to the growing aspirations of the region’s middle classes, the perceived inadequacies of the national education systems, the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which English is recognized as the economic bloc’s official language, and more recently, demand from Asia-Pacific students opting to learn at international schools in Thailand. Of the international programmes on offer, schools providing a British-based curriculum are proving to be among the most popular, possibly as a result of the association with world renowned academic institutions such as Cambridge University and the fact that IGCSEs and A Level qualifications are accepted by top universities across the world.

In response to the ever growing demand from expatriates and local families, Varee Chiangmai International School, in Northern Thailand, is opening a new international Early Years and international primary school this year, to compliment the already successful international secondary school which opened in 2010. Founder and director of Varee School, Ajarn Varee Patravanich, who opened her first kindergarten in 1978, decided to expand the international school to empower more students with a world-class standard of education and support the growing number of local and foreign parents who realise the need for 21st century learners to receive a fully international education.

Varee Chiangmai International School is located near the centre of Chiang Mai. The school is well-equipped with the latest educational resources, led by a team of dedicated educators and fully accredited by Cambridge International Examinations and the UK-based Education Development Trust. The school’s international curriculum is based on the British education system, from Early Years to Sixth Form, offering Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSEs at Year 11 and A Levels at Year 13.

Following the school’s educational vision of providing ‘An Education beyond Tomorrow’, the educators at Varee International strive to empower students with an education which will prepare them to succeed in the increasingly challenging environment of the 21st Century. Educational programmes at Varee International focus on developing higher order thinking skills and positive habits to ensure students mature to be healthy young adults with good social skills and strong academics.

Set on 20 acres of land, Varee Chiangmai International School provides a spacious environment, with ample space for students to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities. The excellent facilities at Varee International support the delivery of an innovative education, utilising state of the art facilities such as multimedia-computer labs, fully equipped science laboratories, a well-stocked modern library, smartboards in all classrooms and sporting facilities which include a 50m swimming pool.

For families looking for educational alternatives to Bangkok’s international schools, a visit to a top quality institution in Northern Thailand is strongly advised. For more information about Varee Chiangmai International School, visit the school’s website, or email the international department directly to make an appointment and visit the school in person.

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www.international.varee.ac.th

Varee Chiangmai International School

International.jpgVaree Chiangmai International School is a modern school, located in the cultural city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The school is well equipped with the latest educational resources, led by a team of dedicated educators and fully accredited by Cambridge International Examinations and the UK-based Education Development Trust.

In August 2016, Varee Chiangmai International School opens a new international Early Years and primary school to compliment the highly successful international secondary school, which opened in 2010.  The school currently has around 180 students, representing 22 different nationalities.

The curriculum is based on the British education system, from Early Years to Sixth Form, offering Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSEs at Year 11 and A Levels at Year 13.

Vision

Following the school’s educational vision of providing ‘An Education beyond Tomorrow’, the experienced team of educators at Varee International strive to empower students with a superior education which will prepare them to succeed in the increasingly challenging environment of the 21st Century.

The educational programmes at Varee International focus on developing higher order thinking skills and positive habits to ensure the students mature to be healthy young adults with good social skills and strong academics.

Facilities

Set on 20 acres of land, Varee Chiangmai International School provides a spacious environment, with ample space for students to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities.

The excellent facilities at Varee International support the delivery of an innovative 21st Century education, utilising state of the art facilities such as multimedia-computer labs, fully equipped science laboratories, a well-stocked modern library, smartboards in all classrooms and sporting facilities which include a 50m swimming pool.

More information

For more information about Varee Chiangmai International School, kindly visit the school’s website, or email us directly to make an appointment and visit the school in person.

international@varee.ac.th

www.international@varee.ac.th

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International Programme Entrance Tests

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Student hoping to join the international kindergarten and international primary school will be sitting entrance assessments this week on Thursday afternoon (18/02/16).

If you wish for your child to join international, please inform the office as soon as possible.

More information about the new international school is available on the school’s website

www.international.varee.ac.th

Professional Development at Varee Chiangmai School

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On Wednesday 10th February, the teachers at Varee Chiangmai School participated in professional development workshops on inter-personal relationships, emotional well-being and student achievement.
The workshop was well attended and the participants all developed strategies which they felt could be immediately applied in the classroom.
The next professional development workshop will focus on blended learning, implementing technology and Google classroom.

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Official launch of the new international kindergarten and primary school

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On Saturday 30th January Varee Chiangmai School held the official launch of the international kindergarten and primary school, which will open in August 2016.
Activities on the day included; team-building games, science demonstrations, English-speaking games as well as a formal ground-breaking ceremony and some impressive student performances.
The launch was well attended with a lot of parents and students showing a keen interest in the school’s latest development.
If you would like more information about the international kindergarten and primary school at Varee School, please visit the school’s website –
http://www.international.varee.ac.th

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Official Launch of Varee Chiangmai International School, 30 January 2016

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We are proud to announce that in August this year Varee Chiangmai School will open an international kindergarten and an international primary school to compliment the already successful international secondary school which opened in 2010.

Varee Chiangmai School uses CfBT, a non-profit world authority on school inspections, as their accreditation body and is recognized by CIE as a Cambridge International School. Students studying in the new international kindergarten and international primary school will follow the world renowned English National Curriculum.

On Saturday 30th January, Varee Chiangmai School will be holding the official launch for the international kindergarten and international primary school. Activities on the day will include student performances, educational games, science experiments, educational technology demonstrations and student-centered learning activities.

Parents and students who would like to know more about international education at Varee Chiangmai International School are welcome to attend the official launch.

For more details please contact the school directly: international@varee.ac.th

 

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