A new approach to Early Childhood Education in Thailand.
The Sprouts Childcare Center is a new evidence-based approach to Early Childhood Education with a bilingual Thai/English program. Inspired by the original German Kindergarten Model and the work of daycare centers in Scandinavia, we work fully child centric and put play and participation at the core of the learning journey. There is strong evidence that this leads to greater independence, growth of an intrinsic interest to learn and a more positive self image.
Our goal is to create a new learning experience for young children in Thai and English that equally values local and global cultures and shapes the child’s behavior, thinking, language, and character to become an optimistic, friendly, creative and intelligent human being.
Our first daycare opened on 1.10.2018 in Sala Daeng, central Bangkok. More information can be found at sprouts.co.th
English & Thai
App for new Moms
Mali is an app that helps new moms during pregnancy and to get ready for birth and the time after.
According to Nobel prize winning economist James Heckman, prenatal care produces the highest return of investment in education. This made us think… and work! We developed Mali, an app produced for New Moms in Thailand.
Our aim is to educate new moms during pregnancy, a time when they are very interested to learn. Our goal is to help lower their levels of stress during this channeling time, promote the benefits of natural birth and breastfeeding and inform them about a healthy lifestyle and best practices in child-rearing.
The app was developed with a team of doctors, editors, researchers, graphic designers and illustrators and received funding by the National Innovation Agency. The first version was launched on Mothers Day, August 12, 2018.
Our free videos are played in classrooms worldwide and help millions to learn more effectively.
We create videos on Youtube that explain students, teachers and parents core concepts of pedagogy and psychology in an easy to understand format - comic illustrations. Every month our videos reach hundreds of thousands of learners at home and inside classrooms all around the world.
To maximize our global impact, we use as little English writing as possible, so each video can be translated into other languages fast and inexpensively. The channel is now available in English, Thai and soon in German and has been translated by the YouTube community into over 25 languages covering languages like Arabic, Chinese, Romanian, Hebrew, French, Japanese, Italian, and many more.
The channel is supported by our co-producer MinuteVideos.com and is partly funded through the donation platform patreon.com/sprouts. To maximize our impact on learning, the videos often end with an invitation to now turn theory into action and students are encouraged to leave the screen and get their hands dirty.
LIKES vs. DISLIKES
99% vs. 1%
English, Thai, German
TRY FAIL DO
Tryfaildo.com is an online skill school for project based learning. It uses peer-feedback and hands-on assignments to boost learning and increase motivation.
Try Fail Do is a social learning platform where students learn new skills free of charge in a fun and engaging way. We developed the platform because we could not find a learning management system (LMS) that allows us to create massive open online courses (MOOCs) that allow students to do project based learning with peer feedback. Now they can.
If students sign up for a course, they will listen to a lesson delivered by one of our teachers. After the lesson, they have to do an exercise - in Portrait Drawing for example "draw a ball and its shadow, using pen and paper". Next, they take a picture of their work and upload their homework. In a last step, they review the work of one of their peers. This step expands their imagination of what’s possible, and they learn the skill of giving constructive feedback. Once their own work passes peer review, they go to the next lesson until they complete a course and get a certificate of participation.
Currently we offer 5 courses: Learning How to Learn, Portrait Drawing, LINE Sticker Design, Economics and Creative Thinking, which we offer in Thai and English. 90% of our 5,000 students are teenagers aged between 14-17 years, some of which take the course together with their teachers or classmates.
We take a grassroots approach to research. We simply ask students about their experience at school and then publish their opinions.
To get a better understanding of how to improve education in Thailand, we use Facebook and YouTube to reach out to students directly and ask them to tell us about their experience in school. Between 2015 and 2017 we surveyed over 4,000 students from all over Thailand aged between 11 and 19 years. 20% of the students went to private, 80% to public schools.
Here are some keys of our findings from the last survey in 2017:
70% like going to school, up 3% from 2016
30% are certain that their school fails to prepare them for their future, up 44%
45% reported that their teachers were offered good grades for “special favors”, which is a decrease of 13% from 2016. Of those students that reported such “special favors”, the following strategies were reported: be the favorite (71%), help with teachers' work (51%), join the teachers' private tutoring class (50%), pay money (16%), look pretty (15%) , offer sexual favors (4%), other ways (15%).
50% reported to have been hit by a teacher last year, down 10%. The most popular spots remain the hands, followed by the butt and elsewhere. This goes in line with 77% who think it is not right when teachers are hitting students, up 21%
35% said they are not practice speaking in English class, up 17%