One answer has been to turn school grounds into "lunch farms" where the kids can grow their own meal. It's a project supported by the Pattaya Orphanage Trust, a Catholic charity.
Now the charity has created a computer game based on school lunch farms. The Thaitucker Trial, aimed at key stages 2 and 3, deals with sustainable development. Pupils are the Thai children planning the farm. With "seed money", players produce vegetables, chillies, cucumbers, aubergines, mitten crabs, or bak choi, a Chinese cabbage. The aim is to produce a balanced meal and become self-sufficient.
"It gets kids to think more about sustainable development, and how to raise money," says John Stringer, a former primary headteacher who helped develop the game. "We hope that they will recognise that the experience of children abroad can be very different from theirs in the UK."
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