Profile: Foundation of schooling

PHUKET: Standing alongside eager college students, the Chief Executive of Phuket International Academy (PIA) has started demonstrating how to build a bamboo shelter. As he knots the rope around two bamboo sticks, Julian Whiteley explains to the kids how the hut will provide safety from the weather.
No problem -minute lesson on fundamental survival expertise can’t be taught properly in a classroom. It is an outdoor skill – something that can help kids develop each mentally and bodily.
The former Head and CEO of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore, moved to Phuket final October with a imaginative and prescient of growing education in Thailand and helping PIA work towards changing into a member of the distinguished United World College movement. It could be the first of its kind in Thailand.
“Outdoor schooling is going to play an rising half in the program we offer,” Julian says. “From the perspective of any prospective employer, they need people who can assume critically, analyze conditions, remedy issues and generate artistic solutions which they will then talk by a variety of means to others. They also want individuals who have the flexibility to nurture, develop and maintain relationships.”
Julian has an intensive background in the training world. He has labored in a variety of colleges in Europe, South America and Asia. He served on the Board of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, and was a member of the International Baccalaureate Heads Council and the United World Colleges Council.
“The status and standing of UWC is such that to become a member of UWC would be a reflection upon the standard of the college and our ambitions, but additionally an incredible asset for Phuket,” Julian explains. “The reason being is that it will entice individuals to come back and establish their households in Phuket, even if their work was based in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Jakarta, to call but a quantity of cities”.
Each year, more than 1,000 students are awarded scholarships to attend one of the 14 UWCs the world over. Julian hopes that in six to seven years, 40 per cent of PIA’s students within the senior classes will be on scholarships.
“One of the focuses of us changing into a UWC in Thailand shall be very a lot about the college students participating with the local community,” says Julian. “We need students from all elements of the world to come back here and interact with the local inhabitants, so they find out about and perceive the Thai tradition and beliefs. We want them to be pleased with the fact that they have been a part of Thailand and exit as ambassadors for the country.”

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