ISSP [2012] : Botanical Gardening at the Wat Pathumwanaram School: Realization of a Medicinal Herb Garden and Instructional Materials Promoting Self-Sufficient and Sustainable Living

Thailand, a nation deeply rooted in traditional customs and Buddhist ideals, seeks to retain these aspects of national identity amidst the pressures of modernization and industrialization. The Wat Pathumwanaram School, located in metropolitan Bangkok, aims to fulfill this national objective through practical education about self-sufficient and sustainable living, centered around a botanical garden of local medicinal Thai herbs. This project integrates the use of a traditional herb garden into the existing educational system through appropriate learning materials in order to enhance the natural literacy of the students and reconnect them to their cultural heritage.