Year 12 Khlong Toey Trip - Bangkok Prep

Year 12 Khlong Toey Trip


Our Year 12 geography students visited the Khlong Toey community on Thursday 29th February as part of a fieldwork investigation entitled ‘Khlong Toey: Slum of Hope or Slum of Despair’.

The day, which was organised in collaboration with our students, was a mix of collecting primary data based on previous research into secondary sources (YouTube, News and Poetry) and visiting different parts of the community such as the Duang Prateep Foundation and one of their primary schools.

The students favourite part of the day was visiting one of the schools deep in the community. Here they taught the 2-6 year old ‘head, shoulder, knees and toes’, spoke to them about what they would like to be when they grew-up, played games and served them their dinner. We are looking further to working more closely with the children in the future.

We then attended a talk from the founder of the Duang Prateep Foundation. It was inspiring to meet such a formidable woman who cares so much about the community in which she grew-up in and still lives today. It was also interesting for our geographers to see the global links that the foundation has with Japan. Sending students to study and work caring for the elderly as a solution to the shortage of workers in this field. Also, the social and economic impacts of improving port and container technology in Bangkok. 

They have experienced a different side to Bangkok that they may have seen but not ventured into before. They have learnt that as young people they could make a real difference in other people’s lives and I hope it not only stays in their memory but shapes their futures as the next generation of decision makers. 

Rachael Inns

Head of Geography

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