In a ceremonial event to mark the beginning of construction for a new school for children with learning difficulties, clear support has been offered by a variety of provincial, municipal and education officials with sponsoring community and business organisations also in attendance.

Currently 48 children with severe learning difficulties are being taught in a small classroom at the Hua Hin Nongkhon school.

The current facilities are inadequate to support and develop these children who because of their severity of disabilities are unable to attend main stream and Panyanukul schools.

The new school will be run by the Ministry of Education which purchased the land. When completed they will provide specialist teachers for the children attending and also to support their families.

E-Jan, a large Bangkok based media group, is just one of these benefactors offering sponsorship for this significant development in the region’s capacity to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in the community.

E-Jan have agreed to raise the 20 million THB for the first phase of the project, Phase two will be to provide specialist classrooms and phase three will provide housing for the teachers.

Phase 1 of the project should take approximately 7 months to complete.

Both of Hua Hin’s Rotary Clubs were in attendance with Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin President Phil Lawrence stating that the Club has agreed to sponsor 500,000 THB for the building of an audio sensory room at the school in phase two of the project starting July 2023.

This will focus on children with autism, Asperger’s and other impairments to undertake specialist treatment to ease their conditions. Time in an audio sensory room helps children improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills. By providing a sense of calm and comfort, sensory rooms help children learn to self-regulate their behaviours.

Wednesday 25th May saw ceremonies to seek the best for the future of the school and families who have long been seeking such a facility.

The school will be located between the bypass road and the Black Mountain community, with cement trucks on site at the opening ceremony, eager to begin construction.