We taught our first programme in Thailand with local partner – Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in 2017. This programme marked our first programme in Asia. The programme included short courses on Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Research Methodologies, and Teaching Methodologies. We have returned to Thailand in 2018, 2019 and 2022. In 2019, Prowibo held a conference on the 2nd July on “Women, Development and Higher Education”, in partnership with SWU and LSEIdeas, in Bangkok.
The three-day retreat with SWU provided undergraduate students from various departments with the opportunity to deeply examine the UN SDGs and think critically about how they can address them as change makers in their communities. It took students into the field to consider practical applications of their knowledge, and the various activities built their critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
Learners at MJU had an eye-opening introduction to the SDGs and examined their local, national, and regional communities with fresh eyes while flexing their English language and communication skills.
To make significant changes by 2030, we need to do a lot of unlearning. Business as usual is no longer an option, and neither is education as usual. ‘Learner autonomy’, ‘group work’, ‘project work’, and ‘communication tasks’ are all based on a vision of learning that encourages students to be active doers and thinkers, rather than passive recipients of knowledge. This programme builds on a belief that students can ask their own questions, conduct surveys, carry out research and reflect on the kind of world they would like to live in. We will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (UN 2030) as a part of a broader, international approach to learning, with a particular emphasis on the environment and equality.
“Thailand, with its amazing culture and breath-taking landscapes, became the backdrop for my first-time collaboration with Professors Without Borders! This journey was not just about work and the sustainable development goals; it was about forging friendships and being part of something bigger. The experience will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you.”
Veerle Ponnet - 2023 Volunteer Professor for SWU and MJU
"Great, great initiative. I’m glad I attended."
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"Wonderful, relevant, and timely workshop. Thank you very much Africa Healing Foundation and Professors Without Borders"
"As the [community] workshop drew to a close, we witnessed a heartwarming spectacle. The seniors, who had embarked on this journey of self-discovery and healing with us, came together in a beautiful display of gratitude. They danced with their hearts wide open and sang with voices that echoed the depths of their appreciation."