|Panyaden School, Thailand|
|218 Moo 2, T.Namprae, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand|
|Established||2010 (Opened on 18 May 2011)|
|Grades||Nursery to Prathom 6 (end of primary school)|
Panyaden School is a privately owned bilingual primary school in the south of Chiang Mai (North Thailand). The school was founded by Yodphet Sudsawad to deliver a holistic education that integrates Buddhist principles and green awareness with the International Primary Curriculum.
Panyaden School is registered with the Thai Ministry of Education Its curriculum is taught in both Thai (50%) and English (50%) from Nursery right through to Prathom 6 (the end of primary school). Each class has a Thai teacher and fluent English speaking teacher.
The kindergarten curriculum focuses on the development of 4 areas: physical, emotional, moral/social and intellectual through activity and play-based learning.
The primary curriculum integrates Buddhist principles and green awareness with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which emphasizes learning through experience, developing enquiring minds and independent thinking.
Panyaden School has merged the IPC with the national Thai curriculum. Additional ‘Life Study’ classes cover topics such as valuing nature, healthy eating and respect for others and give opportunities to practise core subjects through a variety of methods and activities.
The staff consists of both Thai and native English teachers from Canada, America, Australia and the UK.
The school is an example for ecologically friendly architecture and as such it has received both local as well as international recognition. The collection of buildings that make up the school fall into two categories. The class rooms and offices were built with load bearing walls made from rammed earth which carry roofs completely made out of bamboo, cladding as well as the structural elements. Due to the high thermal mass of rammed earth walls, temperature variations are moderated, thus eliminating the need for air conditioning. In addition, rammed earth walls keep humidity at specific levels which are ideal for asthma sufferers. The several open pavilions (which are called sala in Thai) that house the assembly hall, the Buddhist chapel, the school canteen, and a covered play area next to the swimming pool, are completely made out of bamboo, also using bamboo set on large boulders of natural stone for the structural supports. 24H Architecture from the Netherlands was responsible for the initial design.
Also in adherence to the concepts behind sustainable architecture, wastewater is treated before its re-entry into the environment, and food waste is recycled to produce biogas for cooking in the school kitchen, and as organic fertilizer for use on the school grounds. To minimise the need for artificial lighting, skylights are incorporated into the roofs of the buildings.
- Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M., Berk, L.E. & Singer, D.G. (2009).|title=A mandate for playful learning in preschool: Presenting the evidence.|publisher=New York: Oxford University Press.
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- Official website: http://www.panyaden.ac.th
- Chiang Mai Mail: Interview with school director Neil Amas