On 9 February 2016, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn remarked during the MFLF Board Meeting that school children along the border areas were still illiterate despite being in Mathayom 3 level. Thai language skills would help improve their opportunities for education and access to better livelihoods, information and communication to prevent exploitation. This would help safeguard their basic rights and those of their families. She therefore indicated her wishes to see the DTDP address Thai language learning of children in Mae Fah Luang District and neighbouring areas where Thai is not the first language. The DTDP therefore launched a project in 2017 in conjunction with the Ministry of Education to teach Thai to youth whose mother tongue is not Thai. The model Thai language curriculum for Prathom 1-3 was later expanded to 26 other schools in nearby areas within Mae Fah Luang District that were under the supervision of the Primary Education Service Area 3, with the aim of reducing the illiteracy rate to zero. Within 10 months of the project, the number of pupils who could not read was reduced from 61.75 percent to 42.66 percent, and the number of pupils who couldn’t write was reduced from 85.26 percent to 62.71 percent in eight schools in the area. Furthermore, the attitude and policies of teachers and school directors also changed; they jointly developed teaching activities as well as teaching tools based on a child-centred approach, and a teachers’ network was established between the schools.

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