In addition to our observations, the National Statistical Office Thailand reported in 2008 that more than 14% of Thai people cannot read, and over one third of Thais do not read for pleasure or self-education. Our experience, coupled with these alarming numbers, has compelled us to initiate the Fully Booked! Mobile Learning Centre (MLC), the project which aims to re-introduce reading, the basis of self-empowerment to students. MLC was launched in April 2014 with the objective to provide a 2-in-1 service as a library and a classroom to increase the rate and quality of literacy among pilot schools in Phuket and neighboring provinces with the great partnership and supported from Phuket Rajabhat University.
Our program start-up was funded by 2.2 million Baht fundraised from Laguna Phuket sports events, marathon & triathlon and another 2.2 million Baht matching fund from Banyan Tree Global Foundation. To-date, 9,669 Students, 463 teachers, and 176 volunteers have participated (as of January 2021).