About Us

Who are we?

Rainbow School is a boarding school for young vulnerable children from the local tribes in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Here on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, we live and study, exploring and practicing balanced ways of living learning from nature and technology. We opened in 2008 and registered as an official learning centre recognized by the Thai government in 2014, which has allowed children to complete the primary school curriculum after 6 years of study. After graduating, some of the students go onto further education at the nearby schools, continuing living in Rainbow School. We are fully committed to support these vulnerable children for life and study opportunities as well as helping them gain their ID.

Number of children: 32 (Karen and Hmong children aged between 6 and 19) Teachers:6 Carpenters:4 Management in Japan: Koh hoh temple in Kochi Japan (Director : Mr. Hidehiro Tamaki) Management in Thailand: Mrs. Tomoko Kataoka Learning Center Registrar: Miss. Pannaporn Ninkhiew

Our Journey

Mission & Vision

Creating a grand Rainbow Bridge for our sustainable beautiful earth The native Americans have practiced seventh generation principle. Instead of engaging with economic development and Anthropocene ways of living only, which could lead to damaging our earth, this principle allows us to live with modesty and wisdom, in order to maintain the beautiful earth for our future. We believe that our mission is to respect differences of every living and colour, in order to create “a grand Rainbow Bridge” towards our future.

Goal vison

1.Bringing up responsibilities of the bright children for the future

2.Contributing as a member of community

3.Being active to raise awareness own mission for every person



1.Harnessing individual talents

2.Learning nature and technology

3.Protecting, learning, and developing culture and Industry

4.Active sharing of the school projects

What is “Rainbow Warriors”?

Native American legend says, when the animals become ill and begin to die, Rainbow Warriors appear in order to save all of us on the earth.

In the future, the animals will begin to disappear. We won’t be able to spot any wolves. No bears and eagles. Huge trees will wither to death. We, humans not only fight against each other but also stop loving. We won’t see any rainbow, which created a beautiful bridge in the sky. And then, appears a group of special children. These children will give love to the animals and call out these animals that people thought disappeared. They will give love and life to the trees. These children will love each other and enable humans to live together in peace. They will love the rainbow that bridges in the sky. They will bring back that rainbow in this vast sky. That’s why we, native American call these children “Rainbow Warriors”.

We believe our children at Rainbow Learning Center and all the children in the world are Rainbow Warriors, who are in charge of our future world. We want to support these Rainbow Warriors wholeheartedly so that they can fly high.

Why here?

Our values as a Japanese couple who live in the remote area in Thailand “Connection” “Protecting our human values” “Responsibility” Our representative, Mr. Tamaki first visited his Thai friend who were managing an orphanage school in the remote area of Kanchanaburi. Inspired by him, he established Rainbow School for children who cannot go to a school due to their life difficulties. Through the connection he made, children and staffs began to gather. Nowadays, we have become like a big family with so many supporters and volunteers. I would like to offer this place to maintain the cur- rent connections as well as create new connections.
Here in Sangkhlaburi, the indigenous culture is rapidly disappearing, adapting the life style of developed countries. We believe that we are committed to rediscover and maintain the cultural values as we have experience of losing them, growing up in Japan, one of developed countries.
We want to help to maintain this beautiful and important values as well as create a place where we reflect and rede- fine our modern ways of living through learning the indigenous culture.
Our local area of Sangkhlaburi is dominated by rubber plantation. It has sacrificed and ruined rich forests and moun- tains that used to feed the indigenous people, under excessive practices of the capitalism and exploitation in devel- oped countries. Severe poverty, statelessness and no access to education system put a real pressure on not only these people but also ourselves as it only creates more problem on a global level. We feel responsibility to tackle these issues by collaborating with and learning from them, in order to review and change our ways of living outside of this area.

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