Posted by Martin Harrison on Sep 20, 2018

The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin attended Nonkhon School recently in order to formally handover the new playground to that they have supported and paid to have completely redeveloped.  The ground was previously very hazardous and had been neglected for a long time, being dangerous for children to go near. 

Following a visit to the school earlier this year by the then President of RCRHH, Birger Rexed and Project Co-Ordinator Napa Keawtem, it was decided to help improve the facility for the good of the students.
The area is now complete and has a brain based learning playground and a ‘Monkey Library’.
There is strong research that supports the connection between brain development and children having the opportunity to participate in recess during their school day. One example is how children develop their fine and gross motor skills as well as their dexterity and balance all through exploring and risk-taking and having fun on the playground. Games using balls help children develop anticipation and prediction skills. Figuring out which way will the ball roll or bounce relies on a child having many experiences with different shaped, sized and textured balls.
Children have to climb up to the library and once there have the opportunity to read what is available.  It is hoped RCRHH will also provide suitable books to stock the library shortly.
About 25 members attended the handover and were joined by the Rotary Club of Hua Hin and their President Toedchai.
The School Principal Khun Chumporn welcomed the guests and thanked RCRHH for their generous contribution towards the new facility, which he said he hoped in the future would be extended.
No sooner had the ribbon been cut opening the facility by IPP Birger Rexed and Khun Chumporn than the children poured in to try their new facilities.
President of RCRHH Brian Anderson said “The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin is delighted to create service projects that contribute to the stakeholders’ well-being in our community, as well as internationally. Also, it was encouraging to see the children enjoying themselves on the new Brain-based Learning Playground as part of our commitment to education development in the local schools. Many thanks to PE Napa and  IPP Birger for planning and carrying this project to fruition with Nong Kohn School, and especially the good people of Hua Hin who helped raise the funding for construction.”
Below are a small selection of photographs from the day CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE. including some interesting before and after shots.