“Their approach could be replicated across Thailand and southeast Asia.” – The Guardian
Education was the route Tanin Timtong followed out of poverty from Thailand’s Nonthaburi province to the capital Bangkok, where the trained engineer served as the general manager of a multinational company.
In 2012, he was dismayed by the results of a national survey showing that 2 million Thai students from poor families were not attending school, 300,000 were dropping out annually after the compulsory nine years, and millions of others were underperforming in national maths and science exams. So he decided to do something about it.
Tanin assembled a team of educators and entrepreneurs and founded the social enterprise Learn Education. Learn Education is a one-on-one blended learning platform that helps teachers improve their skills and frees them to provide more individual attention to students who need support.
Tailored to the content of the national O-NET examinations (GCSE-equivalent), Learn Education provides interactive video lessons and immediate post-learning evaluation tests. These facilitate teachers’ understanding of students’ learning and strategic coaching of weaker students, leading to improvements in teacher-student relationships and overall student motivation and achievement.