Promoting child literacy in Thailand

British Study Centres has been offering free online language training to SE-ED, a Thai publishing company working to encourage a love of reading among children.

As well as operating a number of bookstores, SE-ED is known for using creative methods to encourage reading among those who wouldn't normally have the means to buy new books.

In August 2019, SE-ED launched their “Red-Truck” project, which involved sending Red Trucks filled with books to schools all over the country. The mantra of the project is “Read=Give,” the more books the students read, the more books SE-ED donate. In fact, for every 100 minutes they read, SE-ED donates one free book to schools or students.

Seeing what a positive impact this campaign has had on children around Thailand, and understanding the need for continued professional development throughout the coronavirus pandemic, British Study Centres decided to offer the organisation free online English language training as an act of support. Although Thailand has suffered relatively few coronavirus cases in recent months, strict lockdown measures have left schools closed, leaving the team at SE-ED with more time to focus on career development and language acquisition.

SE-ED red truck project
Children browsing the books on the SE-ED Red Truck

SE-ED members have been given live English lessons delivered via video conferencing software and have been improving their English with the help of BSC’s expert teachers. SE-ED team members have also had access to hundreds of hours of specialised English material for guided self-study in their myBSC account.

Steve Phillips, Managing Director (Transnational Education) for British Study Centres, said:

“We have worked with SE-ED on a number of initiatives in the last year and are now very pleased to be involved with them in their CSR strategy. BSC is delighted to be able to give our time and resource to this philanthropic outreach. This is a really great opportunity for underprivileged children in Thailand to learn to read and have access to books and other learning materials”.

British Study Centres is proud to offer Free Language training to charitable organisations and, through our partners at RefuAid, regularly offers free places on our IELTS and OET courses for refugee healthcare workers hoping to requalify in the UK. If you or your organisation is interested in language training, please contact British Study Centres to find out more.