Porn Panosot

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 1998
Panyotai Institution

Citation

This profile was prepared when Porn Panosot was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Porn Panosot seeks to create a system that helps children grow into ethical adults inspired by a love of learning. He wants students to develop their "inner qualities," so that they may become free and creative thinkers who take responsibility for their societies. While such lessons are usually reserved for out-of-school activities, Porn is paving the way for Bangkok's mainstream schools to eventually have a holistic focus.Porn sees a close connection between inner contentment and constructive actions. In his words, "When [children] begin to understand...their thoughts and feelings, their stress and confusion will decline and_they will learn to do what they love and hence will be happy to do so. All of them will do good things for themselves and society. Whenever the thought to exist for others is inherent in them, ...the students start working together so as to preserve natural resources and environment in their communities." He envisions a population of Thai youth and adults who will participate actively in public service as a result of their current education. To help students achieve this state, he has adapted Germany's Waldorf method to the Thai setting, calling his innovative curriculum and pedagogical ideas the "lively teaching method."The "lively teaching method" provides age-appropriate learning environments (embracing teaching methods and curricula that most schools reject), builds strong teacher/student relationships, and involves parents in children's education. Proponents of this method focus on the process of learning, as Porn explains: "Our project stresses the importance of the learning process arising from doing activities more than from the success from doing activities_. Man who will be able to change himself must need the process of education - he must have the mind of learning and not [be] attached to any idea or belief."
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