In October 2017, Dr Meechai Orsuwan reached out to the DQ Institute with an interest in the DQ Framework. An educator currently working for the United Nations in Bangkok, Dr Orsuwan sought to address the dearth of research on Thai children’s digital use habits. Working in collaboration with Dr Veerapong Malai, a professor from Bangkok University, they worked to translate the 2017 DQ Study into Thai. In just over 2 months, they were able to reach over 4,000 students.
The Study will provide both these professors and other key stakeholders the necessary foundations for shaping their pedagogical framework for digital citizenship education by giving these schools a preliminary understanding of their students’ DQ.
Schools that got over 100 student respondents will receive a DQ Screen Time report which will give insight on how they can improve as a school, in turn setting a starting point for the implementation of the DQ World programme in 2018.
On the public sector’s side, The Digital Economy Promotion Agency, under the Ministry of Digital for Economy and Society, together with the Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education and EduTech Thailand made a large contribution to the Study participation in Thailand. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency and his team are determined to equip children with digital skills for the future. Believing that the Study provides very important insights, they will use the results to form an improved digital development strategy for Thai children.