On March 17, 2023, Dr. Pongpan Compan, the Head of the School of Liberal Arts, The Center for Academic Service, and The Division of Corporate Communication, WU, cooperated with many factors to organize meetings to summarize and support information about student changes when using the High Scope curriculum in teaching and learning in the Child Development Center (CDC).
In collaboration with Mr. Kriangsak Padungkan, the President of Thaiburi Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO), Mr. Prawing Jaihao, the Deputy of Thaiburi SAO, Ms. Suwichanan Suksabai, Director of Division of Education Religious and Culture of Thaiburi SAO with Faculty and parent representatives of Wat Khok Lek CDC and Walailak Phatthana CDC, WU focused on enhancing both CDCs to be the model for study visits of the High Scope curriculum through Walailak Channel, broadcasting academic works that serve a society which have an impact in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) to promote quality education that is equitable and thorough.
“The Third Improving Educational Equity for Preschool Children Project” has been continuously organized for three years under the Center for Academic Service’s commitments, stating that: “Providing academic services to sustainably develop the communities surrounding Walailak University and help in solving problems within the framework of holistic area-based community development in the fiscal year of 2023.”
The project aims to close educational inequality gaps and enhance early childhood education quality based on the Highscope curriculum, which focuses on active learning.
However, besides enhancing the effectiveness of the curriculum, the Center for Academic Service serves as an institution promoting excellence in research, which will be an important driving force for the HighScope curriculum development of communities and the nation at large. The targeted groups are all child development centers in Nakhon Si Thammarat, accounting for 392 centers over the 5-year project duration.
More importantly, this project is precisely consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It complies with two SDGs, including SDG 4: Quality Education, promoting learning opportunities, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, building collaboration agreements with various organizations both locally and globally towards sustainable development.
Since January 2023, Dr. Pongpan Compan, the project leader with administrators, teachers, CDC, and Thaiburi SAO, was brainstorming about the development of the project, curriculum development to suit children’s ages and local contexts, planning to upgrade the CDC under affiliation to be the model for study visits with the High Scope curriculum. In addition, we aimed to expand the body of knowledge for teaching and learning in early childhood to apply to other CDCs in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in the future.