As to the promotion of alternative education, Moo Baan Dek has been visited
by a number of individuals and organizations from within and outside the country.
Students from Japan come every year to live with children at Moo Baan Dek
for a week or so and mutually learn from each other. In 1998, there were nearly
300 foreign visitors at Moo Baan Dek.
In order to campaign for the inclusion of alternative education in the draft
of the National Education Bill, which is being read in the House of Parliament,
Moo Baan Dek has formed the People's Council on Education, a coalition of
homeschoolers, and those interested or involved in alternative education.
The Council has organized seminars and discussions to raise awareness of alternative
education among the public.
The former National Education Bill stated that every child has to attend
school, and this had prevented homeschooling from taking place. It did not
recognize also the importance of having alternative education. What was more
worrisome is that educational curriculum has been increasingly designed to
equip students with skills that serve the corporate, and that drive further
the mechanisms of consumerism, rather than knowledge that helps them to understand
the meaning of their life.
Through the People's Council on Education, Moo Baan Dek is taking part in
shaping the education that embraces diversity of children, and that is ultimately
aimed at assisting each child to become a sensible and responsible citizen
of the world.
NETWORK OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION