The Sathya Sai School in Thailand opened in May of 1991. It is a co-educational school comprising three hundred and thirty students.Students in K 1 –3 and Grades 1-12.There are forty full time Thai Teachers and three full time foreign teachers. During the Diploma course that is organized by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education twice a year, up to twenty foreign teachers assist in the classrooms. The medium of instruction is Thai .
Presently, the school has twelve classrooms, a kindergarten building, one science laboratory, a well-stocked library, a computer laboratory, an art room and a swimming pool. The residential facilities comprise three hostels namely, a teacher's hostel, a hostel for older boys and a separate hostel for girls and younger boys. The kindergarten opened in March 2001 with sixteen day students.
Residential facilities are currently in the process of being changed to family-style living. Children will live according to the five 'houses', each representing on of the core human values. The children will live together with house-parents, carrying out daily duties and activities as a family-unit. The children will eat breakfast and dinner in their houses and take lunch all together in the canteen. One project that is already completed is the construction of pagoda-style houses in which the children from the five houses of Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-Violence, can have their meetings. These meeting houses are also being used as outdoor classrooms. Each house is involved in creating and maintaining a garden in the school grounds.
The children are involved in many special activities such as learning Japanese, sewing, cooking and Thai classical dancing and music. The children also learn drama and art and have formed a school band. There are sports days and academic competitions with other schools in the district. The foreign teachers, who come to be trained at the school as part of their Diploma Course at the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, teach English and conduct weekend clubs and activities for the students.
The school has adopted the child-centered approach as required by Thai law whereby, the teacher works more as a facilitator to project-style learning. The child-centered approach fits in with 'Sathya Sai Educare' which sees learning as a whole and aims to draw out the inherent human values from the
children. The children have been involved in several projects, where many subjects are explored in one theme. Projects have included a mushroom project, a corn project and a water project. The children have also been actively involved in learning and supporting drug prevention programs and worked on a service project with AIDS
patients. Another project is on energy saving. This term the whole school will work together on a saving energy project. The purpose of this project is twofold. Firstly, for the children to be aware of the necessity of saving energy and develop good habits. Secondly to help reduce the school's utility bills.
Parent training is offered at the beginning of the academic year when the children are first brought to the school. The parents stay at the school with their children for two nights and three days for activities, demonstrations and lectures. The teachers receive on-going training in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values and are also required to attend seminars on various topics such as child-centered education, computer skills, class research techniques and scouts' training.
There are many stories of transformation. Many parents report how their children are more loving and respectful and more careful about spending money. They bring good habits into their homes, which help to uplift the entire family.