Social & Educational Development initiatives aim to build the capacities of local communities and associates through socially beneficial projects, adequate educational support, and access to quality educational services. Youths and community members benefit from a nurturing environment and healthy development. Associates reduce financial burdens, continue to advance professionally, and have a high satisfaction for familial welfare.
Through our work with rural schools and disadvantaged students in Phuket and nearby provinces, we have witnessed firsthand the disparities of educational quality between urban and rural schools, and literacy problems among rural children as old as grade 6.
All children should have an opportunity to learn and create opportunity for their future life. The Laguna Phuket Foundation for Education helps enable this possibility by giving scholarships to economically disadvantaged students in Phuket Province. Annually 35-40 scholarships are provided, totaling at least 6,000 USD (200,000 Thai Baht).
Laguna Phuket, together with the Population and Community Development Association, partnered with Baan Jao Krua School in Phang Nga province in 2010 to improve the school and its quality of education in a sustainable way. To fund this programme, more than 1.2 million baht was raised in 2010 from activities at the Summer Family Festival, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Laguna Phuket Triathlon, and the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.
This has provided free English courses to community members since 2007, with more than 760 students enrolled to date. English knowledge helps community members to better adapt to increased local tourism and enhance their quality of life and work performance.
Originally established in 1992 as a Child Care Centre, the facility was officially registered under the Ministry of Education as Laguna Phuket Kindergarten in 2009. The school provides free education to children of associates and disadvantaged community members. Since the school’s commencement, approximately 956 students have graduated from 16 classes.