As part of a commitment to an education philosophy of 'learner learning' rather than 'teacher teaching', the Thai government is spending more than 10 billion baht ($2 billion) on a series of unconventional education centres designed to inspire and intrigue young minds. Entitled 'Thought Provoking', the scheme focuses on eight ground-breaking new learning centres, the flagship being the recently-opened Thai Knowledge Park, a 70 million baht extravaganza which takes up a large slice of the sixth floor of Central World Plaza in Bangkok. The Thai Knowledge Park is an impressively high-tech looking operation, with all manner of slick computerized gizmos and virtual reality experiences to draw students in, but there is also a library zone with thousands of books and magazines, an open zone where professionals from various fields offer training to youths, and a shop where teenagers can sell their handiwork. According to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who launched the centre: 'The Thai Knowledge Park is to help children realise what vocation they might want to pursue and help them develop their skills. 'Thai students have for too long learned by rote and set their sights only on educational certificates. The outside-classroom places will help our children discover their abilities sooner. They can make real plans for their futures.' A new public organisation, the Office of Knowledge Management and Development, has been set up to oversee the project, which also includes the ICT Learning Centre, a one-stop IT centre also on the sixth floor of Central World Plaza. All eight of the centres are expected to be up and running within the next 12 to 18 months.