Case study: Good Deeds Company (Un) Limited
Ban Mai Samrong School in Lad Buakhao Sub-district, Sikhio District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province has participated in the CPF Growing Happiness, Growing Futures Project since 2014. They have been successful in reducing the number of students with malnutrition from 7.6% in 2015 to zero in 2016.
Students at the school built on their knowledge by establishing the Good Deeds Company (Un)Limited which has two subsidiaries: Huahed (mushroom) Student Company, and Paktip (vegetable) Company. The companies were established to provide an opportunity for students to be business owners, develop team working skills, and learn how to do income and outcome report by themselves. Mushroom and vegetable that students and teachers grow are used to cook for school lunch. The remaining will be processed to be food products such as dry shredded oyster mushroom, herbal mushroom, and fermented mushroom, and sold within the community. This enables students to learn, gain experience, and use their knowledge to add on to their future job. Therefore, 80% of the graduate students choose to study at Nakhon Ratchasima College of Agriculture and Technology after completing Grade 9 at the school.
“After participating the project, none of our students have malnutrition. As a teacher, I am very glad. I also want to educate and support the students with other experiences so they can learn, be trained about responsibility, and have some job skills. Knowledge and skills like these cannot be developed in a day, they need some time to cultivate and flourish. All the teachers want to take part in assisting the students to learn, equip them with some job skills, and reach their goals.”
Mr. Nattapong Tohsoongnoen
Ban Mai Samrong School Director