PRLog - Nov. 9, 2011 - MAE RIM, Thailand -- Over the past weeks, Thais and the international community have stood together, neighbor helping neighbor, supporting each other in their works to recover from the devastating flooding that has affected the whole country and most currently its capitol city of Bangkok, home to over 115 International schools.
Flood student learning together with PTIS students
On 26 October, Mr Usa Somboon, President of ISAT (International Schools of Thailand), notified ISAT schools throughout Thailand of the closure from 1-14 November of all schools in twelve of Bangkok’s flood-affected areas. This also included cancellation or postponement of any field trips or off-campus activities previously scheduled. Schools affected by this announcement were asked to provide make-up classes, using available and appropriate resources and timing, such as e-learning, additional periods, weekend school, summer school, or additional school days in the coming weeks and months.
As a concerned and caring community, home to a diverse campus and multiple resources, PTIS International School and Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning saw an urgent need for immediate education assistance to families as a viable alternative to school closures. In just over 24 hours, an initial Flood Relief and EduCare Program was created, presented and approved by the ISAT President. The President’s Council worked with many facets of the Traidhos Community to develop a program to continue learning in a safe environment for all Grades 3-12 children affected by the floods. The ISAT President immediately contacted all ISAT schools to inform them of the initiative and begin immediate implementation.
Traidhos EduCare Program
The new “no-cost” relief program called Flood Relief and EduCare offers the children of families directly affected by the disaster selective classroom study and care during a difficult time. It has been launched to provide temporary short-term schooling and on-campus living arrangements for up to eighty students and their families.
The first priority is to get the students who are temporarily or permanently affected as a result of the disaster back in the classroom. Under this program, staff from all areas of the Traidhos Community offer co-ordination support, classroom teaching, extended studies, after-school Exploria activities, supervision, nursing care, security and empathy. Several housing alternatives are available - from boarding to apartment living for the whole family.
As it is both a short- and long-term program, the Traidhos EduCare program is being developed as part of the curriculum that can cater for any form of natural disaster and executable at short notice.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of people to help others. It really is what PTIS and Traidhos are all about. This program builds upon Traidhos Three-Generation Community’s sustainability initiative, and its education and care: caring about people, caring about our planet and caring about and doing something for people in times of need.” says Head of School, Maxine Driscoll.
Flood victim students are not the only ones gaining experience as interim visitors to our campus: through them PTIS students are also seeing first-hand how natural disasters affect families, their homes and their livelihood. Although we cannot protect our children from natural disasters, we can open them to learning, seeing and interacting with compassion and understanding at a very early age.
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Established in 2001, PTIS International School is one of the most prestigious international schools in South-East Asia and one of only a few boarding schools in Asia offering the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
Residing on the tropical grounds of Traidhos Three-Generation Community For Learning, PTIS provides a holistic (Pre K-12) IB education on a spacious, nature-filled campus, with comfortable boarding facilities to accommodate international students from across Asia and beyond.
More than 35 nationalities make up the international school student body. At Traidhos, visiting students and adults of all ages can also enjoy specialized professional sport academies in Tennis, Golf, Cricket and Football.
With a 100 acre campus that is the envy of the international schools of Thailand and across the world, the school boasts a peaceful and studious environment, with famous Thailand hospitality to help nurture the students' growth and development.