Students from the Faculty of Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) headed off to Wat Suanthong Ruammitr School, Saraburi province to help repair and renovate the classroom facilities with aim of promoting and supporting Thai teenage learners’ education.
Mr. Thongthep Sirisoda, a lecturer in the faculty of Architecture, RMUTT revealed that the faculty has given their intention to bolster their architecture students to integrate their theoretical-based knowledge inside the classroom with experience-based learning from the outside one. To do so, students were brought to Wat Suanthong Ruammitr School in Saraburi to help design school’s classrooms, library, and activity area. Because of the faculty’s massive volunteering experience in the past, Wat Suanthong Ruammitr School decided to ask for the faculty’s assistance to help design and refurbish their school interiors.
“After going onsite with my students, we found that the school itself has limited sources as can be seen from the poor condition of school buildings and classroom with unfortunate learning environment. The paint seemed to be faded and peel off from the wall surface. Teaching tools and equipment were outdated and not working, not to mention the old and shattered activity area and stage. I would say that we really need to really repair a lot of things including classroom, library, and other activity area conditions, Mr. Thongthep also added.
One of the 4th year architecture students, Ms. Winan Loymaek or “Praew” expressed her feelings: “I feel so proud to be a part of this volunteering program particularly when I got my chance to integrate my classroom knowledge with real-world experiences to come up with interior design ideas for the school classroom.
Rawinan also explained, “We progressed our works by painting the wall, cutting gypsum boards, ceiling and repainting the boards. In order to create better classroom environment, we drew fascinating pictures for them. Regarding interior design planning and concepts, we focused our attention on the applicability through the process of learning by doing experience and of course, all of these actions are under the supervision of our advisor. With systematic planning and implementation, the duration of our volunteering work took only about 2 months to complete. We also would like to express our appreciation to the private sponsors who have been supporting us financially until our mission accomplished. Last but not least, we were also very proud to be getting great feedbacks from school directors, teachers and students for creating them best classroom environment that would surely promote and support the student learning.
A 4th year representative Mr. Panitarn or “Tuer” mentioned, “My responsibilities are to do wood working and floor leveling but even with limited working resources and poor material condition, my works were completed with cost-effectiveness and high efficiency under limited budgets.
“Not only RMUTT students took part in this volunteering activity but locals in the community also joined the collaboration. When school students saw our works, they started giving us appreciation either by saying greetings to us or complementing our work. As a doer, we were so proud to receive their gratitude and this shows how dedicated we are to our work for them.” Mr. Panitarn explained.
“Even the time and materials are rather limited but by pouring our heart and soul into our works, we are able to complete our work successfully. By initiating and creating good learning environment for those students, we hope they would be having great learning experience and one day becoming successful scholars that could do good things for our country.” Mr. Thongthep concluded.