Inspired by King Rama IX’s approach to self-sufficiency farming, Panyaden International students tend to the vegetables they have been growing and collect eggs in the morning. Nong Prompt, Y4 and Nong Somchai, Year 5, are such keen gardeners they don’t need reminding to water and tend to the garden every day! The school’s Life Skills team has been experimenting with ways to implement the late King’s philosophy at Panyaden.
Our rice plants have thrived despite the October flash floods. Year 6/7 Life Skills class is back to help harvest the crops, a great way to learn first-hand about the life of a rice farmer, to learn practical skills and work as a team. See more photos of the activity here in our school blog gallery and our Facebook page.
Panyaden’s Life Skills programmeengages our students in interactive learning such as sustainable living, useful traditional know-how and crafts as well as outdoor survival skills. It also gives students practical opportunities to acquire valuable life skills lessons and essential personal qualities that can be applied to many different areas of their lives. Find out more about the programme on our website’s curriculum page.
Time to get muddy! The Panyaden community getting their hands dirty for our annual rice growing project. Experiencing the process of rice cultivation first hand is a rich learning experience. The life cycle of the rice plant, rice production in Thailand, the work of a farmer, perseverance, resilience and, of course, lots of fun! Life skills at Panyaden.
Panyaden Life Skills Rice Project: Rice Mill Visit
From Field to Table. Panyaden’s Year 2 and Year 5 visit a traditional rice mill to experience the milling process, using rice they grew and harvested themselves at the school’s own rice plots. See lots more photos on Panyaden’s blog image gallery.
From Panyaden’s own farm to the table. Our students learn first-hand the life of a traditional rice farmer from weeding and ploughing the paddy fields to preparing rice seedlings for planting to harvesting, then threshing the grains before milling. Finally, the rice is ready for cooking and returns to our plates at school. During the process, students not only pick up practical life skills, they also learn how a staple crop like rice is produced and its biological life cycle. They learn to appreciate the work of the farmer and to understand in a meaningful way where their food comes from. Practical like skills, academic knowledge and social awareness, all in one.
Panyaden’s Life Skills programmeengages our students in interactive learning such as sustainable living, useful traditional know-how and crafts as well as outdoor survival skills. It also gives students practical opportunities to acquire valuable life skills lessons and essential personal qualities that can be applied to many different areas of their lives: perseverance and courage, patience, resilience, independence, how to work as a team, the ability to bounce back after mistakes, how to solve problems, and valuing the work of others. Skills for life!
Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro and Venerable Ajahn Jiew join the school’s morning assembly and Life Skills class. Venerable Jayasaro observed our skit on the Wise Habit samadhi (being calm and focused) and gave students some advice on how to practise it. He then helped Year 3 student Ethan plant a vegetable and asked the youngster to look after it for him until his next visit!
Mr. Chayawut Jarntorn, governor of Udon Thani province, visits Panyaden to find out about our approach to child development, language learning, and life skills as part of his plans to set up programmes for children in Udon.