Blind children receive gift of CDs featuring music of HM the King
Blind children at the Redemptorist School for the Blind are using
songs and music written by His Majesty the King as educational material,
following an initiative by Advanced Info Service Plc.
Saksunthonsiri (left), director of the AIS Eastern regional office presents
CDs of His Majesty’s musical works to Orora Sribuapan, head of the Pattaya
Redemptorist School for the Blind.
Chatchai Saksunthonsiri, director of the AIS Eastern regional office
presented CDs of His Majesty’s musical works to the school on January 18,
where they were received by school principal, Mrs Orora Sribuapan.
Chatchai said that the CDs were being donated as part of the AIS Sanrak
Konkeng Huajaigrang Project, which is presenting gifts to youngsters in 18
provinces throughout the country, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang,
Pitsanuloke and Nakorn Sawan.
He said that for blind children, music is especially beneficial as they can
dance, organize musical games, and broaden their own horizons through
developing a love of music and song.
As the CDs were played for the children, a number of games were organized
with everyone taking part receiving gifts of school supplies and toys. AIS
also provided lunch for the children.
Blind students dance to the
Children enjoy playing games
with the visitors.
Green Classroom teaches young
students about energy conservation
Deputy Mayor Wutisak
Rermkitkarn (standing, 3rd right)
poses with the students and teachers involved in the project.
Banglamung School’s second Green Classroom project got underway on
January 19, with the objective being for older students to teach the
younger ones practical ways of saving electricity that can be applied in
their daily lives.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn joined teachers and students at the
school as the project was launched.
Panya Pimolpetchkul, the Banglamung School teacher who is heading the
Green Classroom project, said that instruction begins with showing the
students where electricity comes from, how it is generated, and how it
is distributed. In this way they can appreciate the value electricity
has, and how they can each make a contribution to cutting down on
household bills, reducing the nation’s energy bill, and conserving the
The instructors on the project are final year students who are passing
on their knowledge and advice onto the younger students.
Panya said that given the importance of reducing energy costs and
conserving the environment, educational institutions have a very real
role to play as early in a child’s school life as possible. He said that
the older students have a natural rapport with the youngsters and that
the Green Classroom is also a way of developing leadership skills
amongst the more senior students.
One of the projects the
students have set up showing
where some electricity comes from.
Awards presented at Teachers’ Day
(left), director of Pattaya School No 3 receives the outstanding
administration director award from Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn
(center) and mayoral advisor Itthipol Khunplome (right).
(left), deputy director of Pattaya School No 3 receives the outstanding
deputy administration director award from Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn
(center) and mayoral adviosor Itthipol Khunplome (right).
(right), head of the Education Section at the Pattaya Department of
Education, presents scholarships valued at 10,000 baht each to the 10
schools under Pattaya City jurisdiction.
The director and deputy director of Pattaya School No 3 both
received awards for their outstanding work at a ceremony held on
Teachers’ Day on January 16.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn presided over the ceremony, where he read
an open address from Professor Sroemsak Wisalaporn, president of the
Association of Teachers. Educationalists and teachers from throughout
Pattaya City attended.
National Teachers’ Day has been held each year on January 16 since 1957,
this year’s marking the 52nd.
As is traditional in Pattaya, the day began with a Buddhist ceremony in
which nine monks from Chonglom Temple prayed for the good fortune of
teachers and instructors. Prayers were also said in memory of Her Royal
Highness Princess Galyani.
Mayor Niran then presented awards to Mrs Chanyarat Kanchanabut, director
of Pattaya School No 3 and to Montree Kanchanapak, deputy director of
Pattaya School No 3 for their outstanding work as school directors
throughout the year. There were also awards for the best teacher and the
Mrs Jintana Wetchachot, head of the Education Section at the Pattaya
Department of Education presented scholarships valued at 10,000 baht
each to the 10 schools under Pattaya City jurisdiction.
City works with UNESCO to reduce AIDS risk
UNESCO is working with Pattaya City Hall on ways to raise
awareness amongst school children of the dangers of HIV infection and
reduce the incidence of AIDS amongst young people.
Weerasit Sitthitrai (left) and UNESCO director Sheldon Shaeffer (right)
talk with city fathers about methods to educate students on ways of
reducing exposure to the HIV virus.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay on January 16 met with UNESCO director
Sheldon Shaeffer and Dr Weerasit Sitthitrai, secretary of the
Subcommittee for National Protection against AIDS to discuss methods of
educating students on ways of reducing exposure to the HIV virus.
The program is the result of an initiative by Chonburi Province,
Chonburi Administration Organization, Chonburi Red Cross, Burapha
University, and the Institute for the Research of Policies and
Development Foundation to develop a central strategy for combating AIDS
in Chonburi Province.
Verawat said there are 10 schools under Pattaya City jurisdiction, with
a total of 14,500 students. The high-risk group consists of
approximately 5,000 youngsters from primary school class 5 to secondary
school class 3.
He said that Pattaya City was honored to be working with the expertise
of UNESCO, and that he felt substantial progress could be made in
reducing the risks faced by Pattaya’s youngsters.
Dr Weerasit said that to begin with, a basic educational course is
needed for parents and teachers so that they become active in helping
the young people. More discussions are to be held between UNESCO and the
relevant administrative departments to develop a long-term strategy.
YWCA and PSC donate to educational project for slum children
The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center and the Pattaya Sports Club have
together donated funds and educational supplies in support of a project
organized by Pattaya City to improve the learning facilities for
children living in slum districts.
Ruangwettiwong (left), chairperson of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center,
presents money and educational items to mayoral advisor Itthipol
Khunplome to go to the children.
The project is part of a national scheme to help protect and guard the
rights of children who grow up in severely deprived conditions and run
the risk of falling prey to drugs, child prostitution, and homelessness.
Itthipol Khunplome, chief advisor to the mayor, chaired the opening of
the project on January 20 at the Wat Thammasamakee Community. Bernie
Tuppin, charity chairman of the PSC and Ms Dujduan Ruangwettiwong,
chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center were present to make the
donations in support of the project.
Tuppin (left), Pattaya Sports Club charity chairman, presents 10,000
baht to mayoral advisor Itthipol Khunplome to support Pattaya City’s
project to improve the quality of life of children in the slums.
Pattaya City has itself provided a 100,000 baht budget, and will conduct
the program at two locations, namely at Thammasamakee Temple and at the
Old Naklua Market Community. The activities at both locations will be
similar, with activities such as painting, free imaginative plasticine
molding for children, free haircuts, and advice on the risks of AIDS and
Mrs Pannee Limcharoen, Social Welfare administrative officer of Pattaya
City, acting on behalf of the Social Welfare Department director said
that the objective is to teach the youngest children in the slum
communities the value of education as a way of developing the quality of
their lives in the future.
Fun and games were also
part of the event.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak
Rermkitkarn (2nd left) is also a supporter of the project.
The children prepare to
make masterpieces with watercolors t
hey received from the benevolent benefactors.
Free haircuts were a
featured attraction during the day.
Itthipol Khunplome and
Dujduan Ruangwettiwong participate in the project.
Moslems celebrate Asuroh Day
Wattanasartsathorn (left) helped to stir the Asuroh desert.
Pattaya’s Moslem community observed Asuroh Day on January 19 by
gathering at the Muhammad Ali Mosque to prepare a traditional meal whose
symbolism dates back thousands of years.
advisor Itthipol Khunplome (right) hands out drawing materials to the
children at the mosque on Asuroh Day.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn together with his chief advisor Itthipol
Khunplome and a number of city councilors attended the ceremony.
Members of the Moslem community gathered together a number of
ingredients including rice, beans, roasted coconut and many herbs that
they then stirred together to make the traditional Asuroh food.
The ceremony commemorates the Great Flood, when a small number of
followers of the Great Teacher boarded a specially built boat and
survived by eating vegetables until the waters subsisted.
Niran and Itthipol distributed drawing materials to the children at the
mosque during their visit.