Wichian Chaiyabang
Director of Lamplaimat Pattana School, Buriram
          ​Wichian Chaiyabang, Director of Lamplaimat Pattana School in Buriram, has become a pioneer of a new teaching methodology since founding the school in 2003. His goal was to see children grow up leading a balanced life, being content with their lives and feeling happy. Emphasis is placed on spirituality. This school does not use textbooks, but instead implements problem-based learning, which is a process of developing a body of knowledge from understanding of the world and from experiences. Children are also trained in skills to acquire knowledge using new technological tools. Currently, Lamplaimat Pattana School or “The school outside the box” provides children, mostly from poor families in community, with access to education on a par with that offered in city schools. The children will be ready to step out into society with a solid foundation rooted in the local community’s sustainability.
          ​Wichian graduated with a Master’s degree in Education Research from Mahasarakham University. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship as Social Innovator. He was also chosen to be a model teacher for the project State of the Nation: lighting the fire of creativity to power change. Over the past years, Lamplaimat Pattana has been a model school where educators come on educational visits. And Kru Wichian has been a guest speaker at various projects, especially training programs that are organized by the Ministry of Education on a regular basis for newly-certified teachers before starting teaching at public schools.