If you are thinking of starting a new life for your family, although you are not sure where to start, this is the article for you. One of the main factors when deciding which country to call home is education. It is very good to choose a country for its climate, gastronomy and culture; although if the educational system is not strong enough to help and support you in the intellectual development of your children, then it is impossible.
Fortunately, we’ve rounded up 10 reasons why moving to Thailand and enrolling your children in one of the country’s amazing international schools is a viable option. These 10 reasons have nothing to do with the impressive culture of the country, the wonderful climate, and the wealth of other beautiful features and benefits that Thailand has to offer; These 10 reasons have to do purely and simply with your educational system.
So what makes these International Schools worthwhile?
1 – British curriculum
Of course, not all international schools focus on the British curriculum, some favor American, Japanese, Australian, and many others. However, from a British perspective, I would feel safe sending my children to international schools, knowing that they will receive an education similar to mine. (After all, I think I went well!)
2 – English as a first language
In particular, if your children speak English, you can feel safe knowing that you are not throwing them into an abyss where they will have a hard time communicating and making friends. That being said, if English is not your first language, there is a lot of support for students to learn and communicate.
3 – Many opportunities to learn other languages
International schools also invest a lot of time and money in offering their students the opportunity to learn and develop other languages. With many different courses available, your children will be able to develop multilingual skills that can be very beneficial for their future careers.
4 – Immerse your children in a cocktail of culture
For me, this is what I think is one of the biggest benefits of sending your children to an international school. Not just from an educational perspective, but from a human perspective. Living and learning among several different cultures is a great way to foster empathy, decency, and a greater understanding of the world around you.
5 – Community support for students and families
International schools tend to have a very strong and caring support structure to help students and parents adjust to their new lifestyles. With a host of community events and gatherings, families quickly feel welcome and at home in their new surroundings.
6 – Faculty of diverse and experienced teaching
International schools in Thailand pride themselves on hiring only the best and most experienced teachers from around the world. This offers students a great opportunity to learn, but again, to explore and understand different cultures.
7 – Modern and high-quality teaching facilities
International schools have several different funding avenues and therefore have access to some of the best quality teaching materials and facilities available. This gives your children a great advantage when it comes to learning.
8 – ‘Portable’ Education
Another important benefit of teaching the British or American curriculum is its flexibility when it comes to traveling. If, for example, your stay in Thailand is only temporary for a few years; your children will be able to go home and go to school without much trouble.
9 – Internationally recognized
Having been brought up in an international environment looks great on the CV when it comes to your children’s future projects. Some employers may favor internationally educated applicants as they tend to have a greater understanding when it comes to working with other nationalities or ethnicities.
10 – Teachers tend to show more respect
Teachers from Asia are shown much more respect than most teachers from Western cultures. I am not saying that this is a fact, simply something that I have observed through experience. This can greatly benefit your children; learn and develop in an environment in which teachers and students tend to have a much closer relationship based on mutual and hierarchical respect.