2022 Project Story: Thailand Udon

In Thailand, literacy rates are fairly high with a 92.9 percent average literacy rate. The Thai Government mandates nine years of “basic education” and provides free education at public schools until 9th grade. School completion rates in Thailand are also fairly high, with 99 percent completing primary education, 85 percent completing lower secondary, and 75 percent moving to upper secondary school. 

Public schools in Thailand are administered by the government, and the private school sector includes schools run by charitable organizations, for-profit, and fee-paying nonprofit schools. Religious organizations also operate over 300 large elementary and secondary schools throughout the country. 

While education in Thailand is clearly prioritized in policy and development, rural schools in Thailand are often poorly equipped compared to schools in the cities. Budgetary limitations result in lower standards of instruction, building quality, and education accessibility. Many high school students will commute 60 to 80 kilometers to schools in the nearest city to access education. 

This year, HumanitarianXP builders will work to build classrooms and a community center to help promote education and provide resources to locals. This will increase opportunities for many people for years to come.

Source: UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF