Thailand Fellow Amanda visits Huay Puung Mai Library
The Huay Puung Mai School provides education for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The village itself has no full secondary education facilities, but if students wish to complete their education they may attend a secondary school in a neighboring village about 10 minutes down the road. In reality, few students go on to complete their secondary education and even fewer attend university. A large majority of students will finish ninth grade and return to live at home and take up the family occupation of farming. The school maintains a student body of approximately 200 individuals, with around 40 living in dormitories on campus as their homes are too far to commute every day. The current teaching staff has 14 teachers, only one of which is an English teacher. If families have the financial resources, they will actually often choose to send their children to Mae La Noi Daroonsik School from seventh to twelfth grade at it is known for having more resources and offering a wider selection of classes.
During Amanda’s visit to Huay Puung Mai she was given a full tour of campus and also asked to step into a few classrooms and teach some of the younger students. Although the students have not had a foreign English teacher for many years, they were anything but shy. Many of them even followed the visitors around the school, eager to test out the few phrases of English they knew.
Amanda and her fellow teachers also spent much of their time in the library, which is still in good condition. As the visitors sat and talked with some of the teachers from Huay Puung Mai, many students drifted in and out of the library, returning old books and selecting new ones to read. While the library has a good selection of Thai literature, the teachers did comment that they hoped to procure more Thai-English books in the future.