Posted by Dr. Peter Harris on Oct 21, 2017
"We all spent a wonderful couple of hrs at the BanYa School with President Andy, two visiting  German Rotarians  , Dr Frank and his wife , Khun Jimmy and Khun Saya , The Director of this wonderful Literacy centre .
One word , WOW ! The  school building , play area , under covered lunch and assembly area, the new kitchen , library ; computer room, kindergarten, resources room , toilet block and facilities including soap! , water filtration system , playground equipment was well beyond our expectations!!!
The professional and dedicated  teachers  are doing a fine job! The children are so happy and enthusiastic to have such an exciting learning environment ! 
They were  delighted to  greet us wishing us good morning in Thai, Burmese and in English ! Each classroom reflected an environment of active learning and participation , confident interaction between students and  teachers, and a quiet , respectful  and nurturing relationship between each other and  their beloved teachers ! The children behaved impeccably both in lessons and having lunch ! The wee ones were relaxed and secure whilst enjoying their morning rest period !
I’m in awe of what has been accomplished in the short term that I have been involved with the school ! A school that is committed to the children in their care , with a high standard  of teaching and learning , are goals  that all educationists wish for !" Rtn Debra.
BanYa has captured the imagination of many overseas Rotarians . Two  local Rotarians Pat and Jim Domville became a aware of this project and convinced the Rotary Club of Patong Beach to become involved.
Phuket is very dependent on Myanmar workers particularly in construction. They live in squalid camps and children have no access to Thai education unless they have passed Thai tests in the key curriculum areas.
The children were  left in the camp and become open to social disorder including theft and potential  prostitution. Three years ago The Good Shepherd Order working with a group of volunteers began a program of providing food, education, security and some basic education (Maslow’s Hierarchies level1)This has shown a huge change over this time . The response shows what a community can do when it works together.
 Over the last three years this project has captured the imagination of many overseas Rotarians .In the last two years the center moved to a local small hotel and catered for 120 students supported by many volunteers. The project has moved again and into a new and exciting phase as it commences in a new rented building with 172 students. The new building of 8 classrooms  a covered area,kitchen,toilets and a drinking water system. This is a great centre for learning
The RCoPB contribution is possible because of the Global Grant (raising $56,000 US initiated by German/French  Rotary Clubs), the support for a resource center by The Hokkaido Clubs (Japan) and clean drinking water provided by the Tokushima South Club and other generous donors.,
The last phase of the Rotary project includes Teacher training in association with a local Rajahbat  University, setting up a governance mode, accounting system l and to ensure its long term financial  sustainability. The focus is on literacy in Thai, Burmese and English so children can enter mainstream schools in Thailand and Myanmar.
The project has given support to 8 teachers (6 female, 2 male)and provides education to 38 Kindergarten (age 3-5) 38, year 1 58, year 2 25, year 3 23, year 4 21 year 5 7    50% of each gender
Recent  initiatives have been the establishment of a library and internet Centre, upgrading  the grounds, constructing  an overhead verandah, introducing  a clean drinking water system and establishing  a sanitation system
The key to success is the teachers and the focus is on training of Myanmar (Burmese) teachers in the Burmese curriculum and teacher training in teaching methodology
The Centre will promote clean drinking water and a “Wash your Hand” as it seeks to improve health and well-being.
This is  a wonderful project