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Focus on being a global citizen

Throughout March, several groups visited Chiang Mai’s Prostheses Foundation of HRH The Princess Mother. This unique foundation manufactures and supplies prosthetic legs for any patient in need - Thai or foreigner - free of charge. They have even created prosthetic legs and feet for some animals!

So, how does this Foundation fit in to a Barge Program trip?

Part of the Barge Program’s mission is to create “… motivated citizens who will find creative solutions and take actions in their daily lives to promote global sustainability”. The Prostheses Foundation assists people in sustaining their lives by enabling more movement through the use of prosthetics. Awareness of such needs is one tiny part of being a global citizen. On our visit to the Foundation we were able to look inside the workshop and witness the prostheses creation process, from making a mould of the patient’s stump, creating a prosthetic to fit this mould, then inserting any ankle / knee / hip joints that were needed. We saw how quick and easy it is for a prosthetic to be made to aid mobility to a patient’s life for a very long time. We were also able to help with making these limbs by donating ring pulls from soft drink cans! These ring pulls are melted down to be recycled in to metal components of the prosthetics. A relatively simple action of collecting ring pulls once you have finished a soft drink can help to make another’s life more mobile.

Stamford American School Singapore presenting ring pulls to make prosthetic limbs

In giving our ring pull donations we have become greater global citizens by recycling, making creative solutions, providing community service and being active in helping our world and the people sharing it. It does not have to be donating ring pulls for prostheses. Any action that you take that could help others - your social responsibility - is worth every ounce of effort. On the same trip our students visited a local orphanage to spent time with children living there. They planted trees to aid reforestation efforts in Chiang Mai and learnt about the work done as part of Thailand’s Royal Projects.

Stamford American School learning about prosthetic limbs

Our world is in some ways growing apart … We are so connected to our computers and phones that we do not always talk to each other face to face, and often worry about ourselves. Being a true global citizen means you are one who thinks outside of this bubble – and one who finds ways to connect to others, help others, and enrich others lives and your own. Get out there and be an active global citizen!

Discovering the Chao Phraya River with Senior Students

The Chao Phraya River, aptly known as the River of Kings, is the lifeblood of Thailand. With its watershed covering more then 30% of the country, it is vital for the survival and prosperity of Thailand.
Working on the Chao Phraya has given international schools, such as Prem, St Andrew’s and students from the University of Minnesota, a unique and alluring teaching resource that is truly one of a kind. With its immense biological diversity both in and out of the water, the Chao Phraya gives us a plethora of studying opportunities. Simple experiments, such as pitfall traps placed on the river banks at Piyawan Pier, have delivered a wealth of terrestrial invertebrates such as spiders, millipedes, centipedes, worms, leeches - and plenty of ants. The purpose of collecting these invertebrates is to identify each species that relies on the riverine habitat for survival, and to explore the diversity and abundance of species along the riverbank. From this we could potentially make inferences and hypotheses about larger animals within the food chain that may share this same habitat.
Water testing on the Barge

For an alternative scientific approach to discovering the Chao Phraya’s rich animal life, students have looked at the water hyacinth and the macro-invertebrates that reside within this plant species. By taking a closer look at this specialist plant, students have discovered a medley of different creatures present in the upper river - from wonderful water spiders, curious river crabs, loathsome leeches and even stunning but deadly nymphs. However, the beauty and diversity of the Chao Phraya is no coincidence. From the chemical water tests conducted by senior level students it is evident that the further up the river one travels, the clearer and cleaner the river water becomes. This is most evident when conducting chemical water tests focusing on the nine parameters (turbidity, bio-chemical oxygen demand, faecal coliform, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, temperature, total dissolved solids and pH). 

It is not just the assortment of weird and wonderful creatures that attracts schools to the river. With ancient and culturally important wonders such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Chai Wattaranam, the upper Chao Phraya plays an important role in the preservation of Thailand’s rich and diverse history. With an array of study opportunities and endless curriculum exercises to be explored, the Chao Phraya really is fit for a king.

The Barge Program has developed different curricula for senior students, middle year students and for junior classes. For more information on the programs we offer see Barge Programs.

The Three Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series

We all want to do right for the planet, but what’s the real impact of every-day items that we use and buy? We hear a lot about driving and flying, but have you ever considered the impact of sending a text message, buying a bottle of water or taking a shower? How do bananas compare to a block of cheese or a beef steak? Or bigger scale events – how much C02 is generated from a football World Cup or a volcanic eruption?

Welcome to the Traidhos Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series. This is the first edition in a series that are designed to give you a sense of carbon, a ‘carbon instinct’ helping you to make simple changes to reduce your carbon footprint and actually make a difference!
  • Bananas are grown in natural sunlight, not in a greenhouse
  • Bananas keep well, so although they are sometimes grown thousands of miles from the end consumer they can be transported by boats (about 1% as bad as flying)
  • Hardly any packaging is needed as they have natural cases
  • Bananas are healthy! They give many nutrients such as potassium
How Bad is a Banana?

Q) How much C02 is released in the production of 1 banana? 
A) 0.08 kg of CO2 each 

Q) How many bananas are off-set in the CO2 storage of 1 tree per year?
A) 125 Bananas per tree per year
Participating schools: March - April 2014

Stamford American School, Singapore Year 5

BIS Phuket Year 6

Swiss School, Bangkok Year 3

Early Learning Center, Bangkok Year 1

Thai Chinese International School Grade 11, Bangkok

Appleby / Ivanhoe Grade 9 Australia / Canada

Australian International School, Bangkok

Sirindhorn, Surin M1

Sirindhorn, Surin M2

EARCOS Pre-Conference teacher workshop

Ruamrudee International School Grade 5

Magic Eyes Organisation

Kanaratbamroong School M5

Singapore International School Bangkok Prep 4

Teacher Intro
If you would like to learn more about the programs offered by the Barge Program look out for Teacher Intro day coming up in October.

Traidhos Camps
Barge staff will be at Summer camp in Chiang Mai in June and July. Come and join us for a camp full environmental games, outside activities and off-campus outings. For more information about Summer Camp click here.

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