Increase students' appetite to learn through game- based learning

Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (FNF Thailand), Department of Local Administration officials, Bangkadi Town Municipality officials

Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (FNF Thailand), Department of Local Administration officials, Bangkadi Town Municipality officials

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) is honoured to work with the Department of Local Administration and Bangkadi Town Municipality on a  "Game-based learning" project. The main objective of this project is to stimulate students' appetite for learning by combining academic knowledge with the style of game-based learning.

Public schools under Bangkadi Town Municipality were the first schools to test multiple educational games created by The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and our partners. Several public school teachers from Bangkadi Town Municipality have come out to voice their opinions regarding the positive results of game-based learning on their students’ learning development. Most importantly, learning becomes much more enjoyable and exciting for students.

With a successful track record in Bangkadi Town Municipality, all participants agree that the next step is to spread this learning model to other provinces in Thailand. This can be distributed by local government officials, teachers, educational supervisors, and others. On 24 March 2023, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Department of Local Administration, Bangkadi Town Municipality decided to come together to organise a live session on Facebook entitled DLA Local education from 8:00 - 12:00 am. The Facebook live received an impressive response with 22000 live users who participated in the session.

Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul's presentation on game based learning

Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul's presentation on game-based learning 

During the online session, Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul, FNF Thailand Project Manager, highlighted the benefits of game-based learning and introduced nine other educational games created by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and our partners to online participants. Each game has a unique concept and is designed for specific age groups.

For example, one of the games that was mentioned during this online session was titled 'democracy timeline'. This is a card game in which all the players must compete in piecing together Thailand's political timeline from the Siamese revolution of 1932 to 2019 Thailand's general election. While competing with one another, the players will indirectly absorb historical facts and understand more about Thai history and politics.

Although educational games may have different concepts and target audiences, their main objective is to ensure that students enjoy the learning process and are able to passively retain factual information.

FNF Thailand Office would like to extend our gratitude to all our partners who help develop all games including

1.King Prajadhipok's Institute for PeaceSocracy Game and Local Election Game 

2. Ministry of Justice for Bingo Rights Game and Rights Card Game

3. Thai Media Fund for Media Literacy Card Game

4. The Office of Election Commission for Sim Democracy Board Game

5. KSN for Talk to Transform Game

6. Punch Up for Political Timeline Game

7. Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University  for Land of growth Game

If you are interested in learning more about the games, please contact the FNF Thailand Office.

This article is written by Tanathorn Songrujirapatt (Project Assistant of FNF Thailand)