Thailand is one Asian country that values its environment in the same way that its values its millions of visitors. In keeping with the global green movement to preserve the environment, the country’s various sectors are now practicing the concept of green building.
By green building, this means organizations are taking efforts to use only eco-friendly materials in constructing buildings. A growing number of schools in Thailand are now conscious about their contribution to the environment and they’re gradually recognizing the benefits of making this move.
While some of these schools do not necessarily offer Thai language programs, nevertheless they are making a conscious effort to follow the green building principle.
One such school is the Panyaden. This green school in Chiang Mai instills in its students the values of Buddhism and environmental consciousness. It provides a holistic approach to education and offers a bilingual curriculum that prepares students for an international education.
Panyaden is considered a green school being made from undammed earth and local bamboo. In addition, the campus has its own organic vegetable garden, a waste water treatment system and collects biogas for cooking. It is also situated in a peaceful area are notably among the rice fields and away from the busy city center making it very conducive to studying.
How to Go Green in School
Another way to ensure you study Thai in a green way is to enroll in an online or distance learning language program. This way, you reduce your carbon footprint by not using a transportation that utilizes fuel. You save travel time and money and you enjoy much convenience while studying in the comfort of your home.
Should you need to enroll in a physical school in any part of Thailand, make sure that you choose one that is nearest to where you’re staying. This way, you don’t need to travel far and if it’s just at short distance, you can even walk to and from your school.
Before enrolling in a language program as well, you may want to ask first about the school’s policy on environmental preservation. Find out if they have programs that help raise awareness on the green movement and if they have eco-friendly features within the school. By inquiring about this aspect, you are also making the school aware of its responsibilities towards the environment particularly if it has not started on any green project yet.
Finally, be a role model to your classmates and teachers. This means maintaining cleanliness in the classroom, throwing trash in the garbage bin and commuting using the tricycle or even walking to places within a short distance. When you do this, for sure others will follow and it will give you much fulfillment while you’re on your journey to study Thai knowing you’ve made a positive impact on others.
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