Plans to open up International School on Koh Phangan Island



International School Koh Phangan
International School Koh Phangan

As everything is always in a permanent flow and constantly changing it’s just up to you to open your eyes and discover new things around you every single day 🙂

So I just discovered this new flyer a couple of days ago which is put up at many different places around Koh Phangan. And I thought it’s quite interesting that a group of concerned resident “farang” parents are trying to setup an international school here on this lovely island to fill Koh Phangan’s educational gap!

I think that this is really a great idea as the education you normally get here on Koh Phangan’s National Schools is far below zero compared to any western school. I mean some of the kids here still think that Europe is some sort of fruit you plant in the ground and probably can eat some years later. And I’m not joking this is something a 12 year old school kid told me a couple of years ago 😉

And also the Thai Government doesn’t seem to be very interested to fill the nation wide educational gap. Instead the Thai Prime Minister Thaksin recently had the idea to buy 30% shares of the Liverpool football club probably to guide his National team to win the next world champion ship! But so far the Thai Government has dropped that deal.

Who knows? Amazing Thailand 🙂

17 thoughts on “Plans to open up International School on Koh Phangan Island

  • June 25, 2004 at 7:50 pm
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    How many farang parents are we talking about here?
    Thou i strongly agree that all kids should have access to a full education,i am not sure that if funds are to spent on the island that this should be the way.
    IF…and i do mean if…there are only a few kids in question,surely it would be better to educate them from home,online.
    I am sure there was somthing in australia years ago…and maybe even today..called the school of the air,hosted over cb radios for kids in the outback.
    Not suggesting setting up this,but surley there must be some sort of equivelant online theese days?

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  • June 26, 2004 at 7:21 pm
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    dont build an international school on ko phangan, leave the island for the thais ! by all means go there and enjoy the wonder of the island but its already going to s**t if that airport gets built. big up chaloklum bay resort 🙂

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    • June 27, 2004 at 9:13 am
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      The PM has not bought a 30% stake in LFC. He was thinking about it but the Thai people complained about his up front, in your face corrupt deal making so it never happened.

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      • June 27, 2004 at 11:34 pm
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        hi 🙂 thanks for the tip ! i’ve updated the article …. as i don’t want to publish any false information – thank you !

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    • August 18, 2004 at 3:21 pm
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      I don’t think you know what you’re talking about I’m afraid. An international school will not ruin the island. Education, or rather, better education can only improve the quality of life and possibilities for children growing up on the island. Naturally I’m talking mostly about farang children but there will be plenty of thais who would embrace this opportunity also. And I know this from experience, not on koh Phangan but on a neighbouring island which has similar issues.

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      • April 8, 2005 at 2:40 pm
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        Would it not be wonderful if thai people could have better education to? But how are they gonne pay a 7000bath montly fee???

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  • September 4, 2004 at 6:06 pm
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    Hello, I have just come across your newsletter -which is great. I read with particular interest the article about setting up an international school on Ko-phangan. If anyone reading this knows of anyone who is working on this project and can put me in contact with them I’d be very grateful. I am in the final year of a 4 year Teacher Training degree (specialising in Early Years) in England and would love to get some experience teaching in Thailand. Thanks!
    My e-mail is sallygarvey@hotmail.com
    Mob 07815692278 (uk)

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    • January 6, 2009 at 8:28 am
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      I am a TESOL trained English teacher looking for work, and currently staying in Koh Sumui. Anyone know of any jobs?

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    • January 6, 2009 at 8:30 am
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      I am a TESOL qualified English teacher, who has been teaching in London. I am currently in Koh Sumui, looking for work. Does anyone know of anything?

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  • June 8, 2005 at 4:13 pm
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    I am a licensed teacher with my MA and 15 years’ experience (internationally). I also have a daughter who needs an education based in the English language. I’d like to meet with parents (Thai, expat, sailing) interested in creating a community school on the island. There are some options to the traditional “international school” route. I’ll be around Sat/Sun – email time/venue suggestions: kapracetic@yahoo.com

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    • March 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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      I have been visiting Phangan for years and have often thought of settling down there but having a kid on the way I have been forced to look else where in Thailand where I know they will get a good education. An International school there would be great.

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  • June 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm
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    i am just about to move to koh phangan as i have been with my partner for 7 years and we’ve recently had a baby, being the fact that he is not thai but mynamar makes it difficult for me to put my daughter in a government run school and being english thought i may have to move my buisness over to koh samui…..
    im glad to hear that farang are teaming together to make an international school happen and will be obliged to help.

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    • August 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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      Hi. I am a teacher from Australia. I have been teaching for ten years with two of those years being at Asian international schools. I will be traveling to koh phangan in sept 2010 and if residents would like to speak to me about the possibility of opening an international on koh phangan, please contact me at billgribben@gmail.com

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    • January 4, 2011 at 5:38 am
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      An international school is well needed on the island. Lets make it happen. Am willing to help out where ever possible.

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      • April 20, 2012 at 5:13 am
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        Hi there,

        I read the article comments on the possibility of opening the international school on Koh Phangan …. even though it is already one year old, can I ask you if you do not know whether there is some positive action? We would like to move on Koh Phangan with two children and I would like to know more information about the educational opportunities and also work opportunities. I teach English in a preschool and also an elementary school. Thanks a lot for any response Veronika

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  • June 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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    An international school has now arrived on Koh Phangan…
    Si Panya School has opened in Ban Tai, Koh Phangan. It is a small school, following the English National Curriculum.
    For families who may be interested the website is http://www.sipanyaschool.com

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  • March 30, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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    there is one allredy….face book: ecole francaise de koh phangan…

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