Laguna Phuket Foundation was established in 2009 to support educational and social development of local communities, marine and natural environmental conservation, and emergency relief.
Laguna Phuket Foundation's current initiatives include Laguna Phuket's "Fully Booked!" Mobile Learning Centre, Survival Swim proramme, and School Partnership Project – components which form the Developing Sustainable Schools umbrella program. Other ongoing initiatives include the Laguna Phuket Community English Language Centre and the Sea Turtle Conservation programme.
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In April 2013, the Foundation began a 2-year partnership with Ban Yaan Sabaa School, nestled deep amidst rubber and palm oil plantations in Phang Nga Bay. The primary school has 88 enrolled students and 8 classrooms. The student canteen is a dilapidated two-story patchwork building of mixed concrete and wood. Student meals are cooked on the first floor, and the students climb up unsafe rickety wooden stairs to eat their lunch on the second floor.
Through this partnership, the Foundation will equip the school with basic facility maintenance and safety precautions skills over a period of 12 months, and will help to renovate the student canteen to provide a safe and healthy environment for the students.
Literacy is key to empowerment. For children and adults, words provide a window to the world. In Thailand, disparities between educational qualities unfairly reduce some children's potential as 30% of students have extremely poor reading ability (OECD, 2010). National Statistical Office Thailand reported in 2008 that more than 14% of Thai people can't read, and over one third of Thais don't read for pleasure or self education.
Laguna Phuket's "Fully Booked!" Mobile Learning Center will provide services to disadvantaged schools in Phuket and nearby provinces to help increase access to books and learning resources, increase students' interests in reading, and improve teaching qualities within schools serviced.