Mechai Viravaidya Opens the Learning Commons at NIST
On October 8 NIST International School celebrated the opening of The Mechai Learning Commons, an educational space created to support information technology, online learning, tutoring, exploration, content creation, reading and study. The facility, made possible through the generous funding of Khun Mechai Viravaidya and family, builds upon the more traditional library model. In addition to standard reading materials, it also includes a community café, mini- amphitheatres and reading nooks— all designed to facilitate shared learning.
During the opening ceremony, Head of School James Macdonald recognized not only Khun Mechai’s generous contributions to NIST academically and financially over the years, but also to the growth of NIST’S community during its formative years.
“Three key words that are taken from our philosophy statement are provoke, extend and enrich. We feel that these words can truly be attributable to Khun Mechai, as when teaching and having conversations with our elementary students, he always provokes inquiry from the students and helps extend their thinking, and eventually our students go on to enrich other people’s lives,” said Brett Penny, Head of Elementary at NIST.