Posted on 09/09/2013
Students from the 'Mae Hong Son Model'
Former PhD student Dr Kraiyos Patrawart, has been telling us about his recent work on the Universal Education Opportunity System in Thailand.
Due to health, economic and social reasons there are around 3 million school aged children out of education in Thailand. In the Mae Hong Son Province alone, there are 1000 disabled children and 673 of those children do not have access to any form of education. Understandably, Dr Pratrawart thought it important to address the inefficiencies and weaknesses of this education system, but to also implement an effective system that inspires learning for all of Thailand’s citizens.
During his studies at Royal Holloway, Dr Patrawart identified the importance of an Institutional Environment as well as the role of Information on Accountability. With this in mind, he put the institutional design and information system development as key priorities in his project development, with the aim to help not only education agencies, but the local community and individuals to reform the education system for a healthier and more equitable education for Thai society.
As a result the Mae Hong Son Model was introduced. Dr Pratrawart and his team developed an information system for empowering local admin agencies as well as the local civil movement to be able to be responsible for their children, all for education, as you can see in the video ‘Mae Hong Son Model’ here.
Also, for the more urban and developed city of Krabi, Dr Pratrawart and his team went there to support the formation of the ‘Provincial Education Council’ which will be a non-governmental organisation consisting of former governmental executives as well as the representatives from all related agencies on education and human development policy. The ‘Provincial Education Council’ will be a small strategic institution that have missions to make public agencies accountable to the local demand of education and human development policy, both in terms of budgeting and direction of the policy as you can see in the video Krabi model here.
Dr Pratrawart gives a lot of credit to Professor Michael Spagat and Professor Cecilia Testa for their support and knowledge during his Phd and says ‘it has [always] been instrumental to my career.’ ‘I hope to write some papers out of this project experience at some point, when I'm free from the project management duties, I miss my quiet reading/writing time during my PhD!’
Do come back to these pages in the future where The Economics Department will keep you updated on developments on Dr Pratrawat’s projects as well as other student progress and innovation.