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Yuparaj Wittayalai School celebrates 100 year anniversary

Views of old Chiang Mai

CMU’s Doi Suthep Nature Study Center to open mid June

HeArt of the Street

International scholar advises not to give more to the poor

Yuparaj Wittayalai School celebrates 100 year anniversary

Nopniwat Krailerg

One of the oldest schools in Chiang Mai, Yuparaj Wittayalai, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. During the celebration, officials hope to raise funds to purchase land beside the school, opposite the Chiang Mun Temple, to construct a 100 years of Yuparaj Wittayalai School memorial building.

Assoc. Prof. Akome Kanchanaprachode, vice-president of the 100th year committees.

The school landscaping and overall environment will also be beautified and the history of Yuparaj Wittayalai will be published — a story of education reforms in the Northern region by academics, historical biographies and qualified alumni. Performances featuring light and color would be organized at the celebrations.

HRH Princess Petcharat Rajsuda supports the celebration and has donated 100,000 baht to the building fund.


Views of old Chiang Mai

Mavis Price

Here’s an opportunity for you to catch a tantalizing glimpse of old Chiang Mai, capital of the former Lanna kingdom.

Come and join us at Nakorn Payap International School and reminisce about the glories of Chiang Mai in former times: its people; ceremonies and traditions.

We have a collection of pictures on loan which will be on display in the newly established Exhibition Gallery at Nakorn Payap International School.

The opening ceremony for this exhibition took place last Monday and will be open until 10th June on Mondays to Fridays from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Admission is free, and the only request is that you share with us any information you have about these pictures and the memories they evoke for you as residents and friends of Chiang Mai. This is an exciting time for us here at Nakorn Payap International School and we do hope you will be able to join with us for this occasion.

Nakorn Payap International School, 240 Moo 6, San Phi Sua, Muang Chiang Mai 50300, tel: 053 110 680, www.nis.ac.th


CMU’s Doi Suthep Nature Study Center to open mid June

Nopniwat Krailerg

Doi Suthep Nature Study Center of the Chiang Mai University (CMU), established in honor of His Majesty The King, is the first “Multimedia Museum” resource in Chiang Mai, providing both temporary and permanent exhibitions to explain natural science including history and culture of local residents.

A permanent exhibition area displaying work by the King.

Chaithawat Saowapon, director of CMU Information Technology service center and administrative president of the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center said that it had been established in 1996 on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascending the throne, supported by 9.98 million baht from the Government Lottery Office. The exhibition had been prepared since August 2004 and was ready to open for groups of people and students mid June. Tickets for children will be 10 baht and 20 baht for adults, open from Tuesday to Sunday.

This museum is unique - described as a boutique museum, with a temporary exhibition zone which will change displays every four months, and a permanent exhibition area that is divided into six smaller zones. These zones will display information of the bio system of Doi Suthep, aspects of geology, plants, and animals and humans that depend on one another, including activities of the King toward Thai citizens and hill tribes in Doi Suthep. It is to encourage visitors to know the ecology of Doi Suthep, and to motivate them to love nature and to conserve natural resources.


HeArt of the Street

Cory Croymans-Plaghki

On Saturday 28 May 2005, an unusual HeArt Exhibition opened at Chiangmai University’s Art Museum on Nimmanhaemin Road. This art exhibition, which is organized by the Volunteer Group for Children’s Development (VGCD) to support street children, can be visited from 28 May to 11 June 2005.

“All You Need Is Love” artworks using indigo healing colors which connect to the center of intuition and which were the first dyes used by mankind. This color was used to touch the inner emotional state of children that need nurturing.

With the help of interesting art pieces and the collaboration of numerous Thai and international artists, this exhibition aims to heighten public awareness on the situation of street children in Chiangmai and to celebrate the creative abilities of these children who were encouraged to experiment with a variety of media provided by their HeArt facilitators, such as glass, ceramics, computer art, photography, animation, textile art, origami papers, paintings and other installations.

A huge and stunning red-only mural depicting a rather cute baby-child on a bright heart-background by well-known Thai artist Rungsak Dokbua immediately catches the eye.

A huge and stunning red-only mural depicting a rather cute baby-child on a bright heart-background by well-known Thai artist Rungsak Dokbua immediately catches the eye when entering the exhibition hall. On the next wall, you will find a more subdued series of artworks using indigo healing colors which connect to the center of intuition and which were the first dyes used by mankind. This color was used to touch the inner emotional state of children that need nurturing. In the same room, you will also find a globe which depicts the rather sad statistical facts of street children in Asia and all over the world.

Children artists having fun while introducing themselves to the audience.

The cooperating artists were invited to present the children’s work at its best and to donate some of their pieces that were related to child development to raise funds for the cause. These included Elisabeth Besemer, Miyoco Seki, Ruth Eastman and Celia Jansen-Daniel who is the coordinator of this project. The organizers hope that this exhibition, which celebrates the abilities of street children, will help them to become more confident to develop their own creative talents after seeing how their work is displayed in such a venue and appreciated by a wide audience. Maybe this could also provide an alternative way for these street children to earn a living rather than selling themselves into exploitation.

At the opening night, talented local musicians played wonderful jazz (the Jim Free group), contemporary Thai folk music and some wonderful Lanna drums, which actually opened the celebratory evening. Many visitors were given a garland (the one which children usually sell on the streets) which had a bamboo-leaf label with the words: “Children are not for Sale”. A touching finish to a great evening.

All donations and proceeds from the sale of HeArt will be used to support the VGCD art program. VGCD is a non-governmental organization working to improve the lives of street children in Chiangmai and Chiang Rai through information, counseling, life skills training and emergency assistance.

This exhibition is partly funded by the Heinrich Boel Foundation, Jim Thompson, Photo Bug and Riverside. For more information, please contact Volunteer Group for Children’s Development (VGCD), 63/1 Changmoi Kao Road, Tambon Changmoi, Chiangmai 50300; mobile: 0 7174 0919, email: [email protected] cscoms.com.


International scholar advises not to give more to the poor

But take less from the world

Reinhard Hohler

An interesting lecture “Ecology and Equity: Limits to Globalization” was organized by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University.

Wolfgang Sachs, Senior Fellow Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, and the Environment, Germany.

For the inaugural lecture, Dr. Wolfgang Sachs, an internationally well-known scholar had been invited. His several published works have intellectually galvanized arguments on sustainability and globalization, ecology and equity, and address these paradigms of development, power and knowledge in order to discuss alternative ways of approaching and examining these phenomena.

Dr. Wolfgang Sachs was born in 1946 in Munich, Germany and has studied theology, sociology and history. From 1975-1980 he was an Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and from 1987-1990 he was Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the German Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

By questioning the path of development that the majority of the world is now following, Dr. Sachs advocates greater understanding and analysis into the meaning of development and how this knowledge is related to power. He finished his lecture by recommending that the industrialized nations should not give more to the poor, but take less from the resources of the world.

After the lecture, there was a lively panel discussion by recognized Thai academics and some comments from the audience. The program ended with a reception, headed by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, director of the RCSD.