Life at Moo Baan Dek
In each house of the community, there are 10-14 children with two to three
adults who take care of them just like loving parents. The first activity
of the day is to wake up at 5.30 AM. After finishing personal chores, about
6.00 AM, everyone goes to tend to the vegetable garden.
7.00 AM is time for doing morning chores in the house. At 7.30 AM, everyone,
children and adults alike, eats together at the School's central canteen.
During every working day, at 8.30 AM, students in grade 1-6 attend the national
anthem, prayer, and meditation, and then they study until noon when lunch
At 1:00 PM, the students can choose a vocational and artistic workshop, i.e.,
batik and cloth-making, ceramic molding, electric, weaving, English class,
typing, computer educational programs, etc., according to his or her own interest.
And then, every Friday's afternoon, children attend the School
Council meeting during which disputes are settled and rules are proposed
and accepted/annulled/amended by voting. At 4:00 PM every day, snacks are
At 4:30 PM, children go swimming in the river under the care of teachers
or adult staff. Those assigned to cook stay and cook supper at home. The rest
of the time is spent on individual interests. Moo Baan Dek provides facilities
such as reading in the library, or watching videos or news in the auditorium.
9.00 PM is bedtime.
On Saturdays, at 9.00 AM, every student participates in improving the school's
surrounding, i.e., cleaning, planting trees, making compost, etc. In the afternoon,
they will have a chance to rehearse their plays before performing them at
8:30 PM. On Sundays, again at 9.00 AM, children take part in improving the
school's surrounding, and from 9.30 to 4:00 p.m., children can choose to participate
in any special activities with guests, play outside, read or watch videos.
Since 1999, we started to grow paddy rice in our land and land rented outside.
Children and adults join forth to make our community more self-reliant.
Click here if you want to see pictures
of our rice farming.