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Young Buddhists, Muslims learn how to live together

Chiangmai Ballet Academy receive 98 percent marks

Christian German School Chiang Mai re-opens

Astronomy research to be carried out on Doi Inthanon Mountain

Young Buddhists, Muslims learn how to live together

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Royal Thai Air Force, led by Air Chief Marshal Kongsak Wantana, has initiated a project called ‘Thai Youth Living under One Sky’ as another attempt to promote unity and the value of patriotism among Thai youngsters.

Group Capt Wisurin Moonla, Wing 41 Commander, students and teachers in front of the Royal Thai Air force’s C-130 aircraft before leaving for Bangkok.

The project has been organized following the violence in the South and the situation of national insecurity. It aims to unite tensions between Muslims and Buddhists and prevent further disharmony and religious conflict.

Sniffer dog security search before the students entered the plane.

The project targets students in secondary schools in every region of Thailand and from the different religions that are followed in this country, by drawing them into combined activities to broker harmony among the young generation, who are the future hope of the nation.

The return of the first group of 54 Chiang Mai students via the C-130 aircraft.

200 teenagers from five southern provinces of Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala, Satul and Pattani and 300 from the North, Central and Northeast joined in the project. They were divided into two groups. The first group joined a camp from August 16-18 and the second from August 18-20.

The students assembled in Bangkok had a chance to learn more about aircraft types and flight operations from members of the Royal Thai Air Force. They also visited the Air Force Museum and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Bangsai Arts and Crafts Center and many ancient and historical sites in Ayutthaya province. Air Force personnel and nurses also gave career guidance in the Air Force military to the students for those thinking of enlisting.

The group of northern teenagers who took part in the camp came from several secondary schools in Chiang Mai, including Wattanothai Payap, Wat Ta Ton Kwao, Chiang Mai Christian College, Yupparat, Prince’s Royal College, Wat Pong Noi and Chiang Mai Technical College.

The youngsters were treated to a flight in the C-130 aircraft stationed at Wing 41, Chiang Mai, which flew the first group of northern students from Bangkok back to Chiang Mai, and Korat before picking up the second batch, to fly them from the north to Bangkok.

“Even though the students spent only a few days together, we hope the camp has helped raise awareness of national unity among them,” said Wing 41 Commander, Group Capt Wisurin Moonla. “Hopefully, the students participating in the project will pass on what they have learnt to others.

Chiangmai Ballet Academy receive 98 percent marks

Pawarisa Chaiwan, a grade 2 ballet student and Bunyisa Chantrarachai, a grade 4 ballet student are on the right track to become ballerinas one day. The two Chiangmai Ballet Academy students received 98 percent marks from the recent World Standard Examination adjudicated by Carole Spiers, from the Royal Academy of Dance (England).

Christian German School Chiang Mai re-opens

Back to school for the students

Vincent Leutwiler (CDSC student)

The opening of the first semester at the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) was a day to get to know the school for the new students, and a reunion with friends for the ‘old hands’. The event took place on Tuesday, August 16 when the school opened its doors again after the six week summer break.

The new teachers introduce themselves. (Photo by Dominique Leutwiler)

It began with the customary re-opening speech by the school’s principal, this time given by the newly appointed principal, Dirk Massinger. The speech was also translated into Thai for the Thai speaking parents.

After his speech the new teachers from Germany were asked to introduce themselves. But to make it a bit more interesting for the audience they turned it into a guessing game. Each person gave a few facts about someone else and the students had to figure out who was whom.

The new first grade children with their ‘buddies’. (Photo by Dominique Leutwiler)

Following the introduction of the teachers there was another introduction but this time it was the children coming to school for the first time, the first graders. They were accompanied onto the stage by second year students for everyone to have a look at the ‘newbies’ who were then taken to their classroom by their older ‘buddies’.

Following this, all interested parents were invited into the atrium for a discussion on a variety of subjects including important dates in the coming few months and also to give them a chance to ask the principal some questions.

After the all the talking everyone went in his or her own direction; parents to the food, some students to the soccer field and others to the library. However, it was not to get stuck into the tomes of learning, instead they ran to the comic book section to check whether new comics had come over the holidays!

Astronomy research to be carried out on Doi Inthanon Mountain

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Ministry of Science and Technology is to construct a National Astronomy Research Institute on Doi Inthanon Mountain in Chormthong District, Chiang Mai.

The Cabinet has approved the construction and an approximately 300 million baht budget has been allocated for the project, according to Boonraksa Soonthorntham, Dean of the Science Faculty at Chiang Mai University.

A two meter diameter computer controlled robotic telescope and a new observatory tower in the Astronomy Research Institute is expected to be the best in the country and Southeast Asia.

The institute will provide an academic service to communities and the nation and compete on an international level.

The construction is expected to be completed during 2007, and work will start shortly.