NHE Diploma Course
3rd Seminar

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Baan Unrak Primary School, Sangklaburi, Thailand
24 March – 5 April, 2008

by Ananda Marga Gurukula
Hosted by Baan Unrak Primary School


The Baan Unrak Primary School in Sangklaburi Thailand, under Avtk. Ananda Anuraga Ac. as principal, is hosting 6 seminars related to the NHE Diploma Programme for Early Childhood and Primary Education through October 2009. The teachers of Baan Unrak Primary school are the primary participants but teachers from others NHE schools around the world are most welcome to share and learn. Seminars will be held in the Spring and Autumn each year until October 2009.

The NHE Diploma Course
 is a distance learning programme and the two-week seminars at Baan Unrak School are in support of the students who are taking the course but anyone is welcome. Those who are interested in the diploma course please apply at

Participants will be able to discuss, elaborate and experience practical methods and activities with the support of experienced facilitators.

Songs - Please bring children’s songs to share, in any language, on a CD or cassette along with lyrics.
Exchanging Gifts - At the opening there will be an exchanging of gifts. Please bring something educational from the country you work in: CD, tape, poster, etc., for the Opening Programme.
Programme Presenters - Please bring a summary or pp of your programme on a CD for NHE Resources.
Cost for the two week seminar including accommodation and meals: 8000 Baht or $220

Programme Overview

Review of Personal Development of the Teacher (module 1-3) – all round personal development, intellectual development and creative development

Child Development (module 5) – continuing – discussions and reviewing of portfolio assignments on child development and child observation with Didi Anandarama.

Language Arts:
- using storytelling and dramatization as methodology of teaching of all ages

- using children's literature to expose children to a variety of great, uplifting literature

- developing reading habits in children through the love of books

- acquiring the necessary technical skills for mastery of oral and written language

Daily NHE Course Routine (7am -5pm)

5:00 - 5:30 Paincajanya
5:30 - 7:00 Individual Sadhana and Asanas

7:00 – 8:00 Yoga/Meditation or DC
8:00 - 8:40 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:45 Morning session
11:50 -12:30 Kiirtan, Meditation

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 16:30 Workshops

16:30 - 18:15 Free Time
18:30 - 19:30 DC
19:30 - 20:15 Dinner
20:15 - 22:00 Evening Program
22:00 Avarta Kiirtan


Sun March 23         Meeting in Bangkok and travel to Sangklaburi

Mon, March 24                

Welcome by Avtk. Ananda Anuraga Ac.
On Story telling by Avtk. Ananda Rama Ac.
10.20Break (and break for 15min.)
Palavi telling a story

Parallel Programmes:
Individual session and group work on story telling with Palavi


Tues, March 25              

Dramatizing stories by Didi Anandarama

Reading stories with children by Didi Candrima

Parallel Programmes:
Individual sessions and practicing storytelling and using drama


Wed,  March 26

Literature in teaching children by Didi Anandarama

Teaching through story telling by Didi Candrima

Parallel Programmes:
Individual sessions and Teachers selecting children's literature


Thur, March 27

Teachers present selected books
My first book workshop by Avtk. Ananda Rama

Parallel Programmes:
Individual sessions and Teachers make their own story book


Fri, March 28

Collective Editing work on 'My First Book'
Projects as learning methods by Didi Ananda Rama

Parallel Programmes:
Project work


Sat, March 29

Project work

Presentations - Feedback
Closing programme


From Sun, March 30 to Sat, April 5

Curriculum preparations by teachers




Sun, April 6               Travel to Bangkok

About the Facilitators

Didi Anandarama
Didi has been active in Neohumanist schools in different parts of the world for 30 years.
She has been working as a Neohumanist Education global coordinator in Ananda Marga Gurukula for the past 8 years. She is one of the creators of the Neohumanist Education Diploma Course, YES manual and other educational materials. She is currently based in Cairo coordinating local activities in the Middle East region (Qahira Sector).

At this seminar we will delve into Child Development theory and practice in relation to early childhood and primary school level. We will look at the perspective of Shrii P R. Sarkar in Neohumanist Education and other educators. Throughout these two weeks we will conceptualize how to address the child’s needs and help him/her to move ahead in his/her all round holistic development.

Although we will touch all age levels, at this seminar we will give our full attention to early childhood age not only in child development but also in how to set up the learning environment in harmony with our understanding of the young child.

Didi Candrima
Didi has been closely working with children for many years in the children's homes in Thailand and with special needs children. Her qualifications are in Special Needs Education.
She has taken courses in Waldorf Education and is presently working in Malaysia at the Sungai Petani Master Unit which has a children's home as well.

Xana and Palavi
Xana and Palavi - see more details about them at http://brainstormingcreations.blogspot.com

In Charges:

Registration/Information: Didi Ananda Anuraga
Accommodations: Sadhana
Facilities Internet, open daily from 5pm: Nueng
Phone: Khun Sansanee
Programme: Didi Anandarama and Didi Ananda Anuraga
MC: Didi Candrima
Art Room: Didi Ananda Carusila
Resources Exchange: Didi Anandarama
Kitchen/Food: Yudar, Jeh, Tongsee, Nut
Medical: Sadhana
Transportation: Ananda Anuraga/Nut
Shopping: Nut

What to bring:

  • own mosquito net *
  • mosquito repellent
  • own mat and sheets for sleeping (30 C)
  • small flash light
  • Sanglaburi is the nearby town where you can buy all these things very cheaply, there is also a bank and a post office. The town has multicultural inhabitants; here you will find the Mon people, Karen hill-tribes, Burmese, Thais, Muslim , Buddhists and Christians.

    For more information contact: Ananda Marga Gurukula amgk.glo@gurukul.edu


    Direct bus to Sangklaburi leaves from Bangkok, MO CHIT bus station daily at 5am, 6am, 9.30am and last bus at 12.30pm. The bus costs just under 300bt per person and if there is much luggage they might charge another 100bt or so. The bus ride takes 7hours. The bus stops for a short while in KANCHANABURI, for around 30min in SAI YOK where passengers will eat a meal and it stops shortly in TONG PAH PHUM. From there the last one and half hours curve up and down hills along the huge dam that goes from Tong Pah Phum until Sangklaburi, offering many scenic, beautiful views along the way.

    If your flight arrives at the Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok before 10am you can make the last bus to Sangklaburi on the same day. If you arrive later you will have to stay over night in Bangkok . The taxi from the airport to the bus station will cost you not more than 300bt. Taxies use a meter but they will try to avoid the meter with foreigners and charge higher.
    If you prefer to stay in the Jagrti over night:: Dada's jagrti, Ramkamhaeng Rd. Soi 36, # 130, Bankapi tel. 02 275 1608, 200bt per night.
    Didi's jagrti, Sukhumvit Rd 71( Pridi Panom Yong Rd) Soi 26, # 9/37 tel. 02 3822 317, 50bt per night.

    You can call Didi Ananda Anuraga at any time if needed # 089 20 60 193 or 034 595 181

    Excursion Options:

  • One day with 100 children from the children's home doing art, games, walking, swimming etc.
  • Day trips by renting a car (5-10 people):
  • Visit historic Three Pagoda Pass at border to Burma with lots of wooden art, woven clothing to buy cheaply and walk through rainforest.
  • Visit a village and talk and listen to local people and hear how they live and survive.
  • Visit the tribal Mon village and temple.
  • Elephant riding and rafting needs to be booked some days ahead and this costs each 700bt

  • AFTERNOON during seminar:
  • Visit the Baan Unrak Children's home
  • Visit the bakery of Didi (western style bread, cookies, burgers, juices, pizza etc.)
  • Visit the shop of Didi with hand-woven cloth made into blankets, scarves, bags, clothes

  • Bridge over River Kwai – OVERNIGHT TRIP on 9/10 April
  • Visit hot springs , waterfall in National Park, historical ruins in Kanchanaburi. Overnight in guesthouse and next day visit historical bridge over River Kwai from 2nd World War.


  • Visiting the Tiger Temple where monks tame tigers. Tiger babies run free and we can touch and pet them.



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