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Education Week 2007 ties up with Ed-eXpo USA by Ace!

Thai culture being taught to Brazilian children

Prem student gains prestigious placement

Education Week 2007 ties up with Ed-eXpo USA by Ace!

The EducationUSA Advising Center (certified by the U.S. Department of State) serving northern Thailand, Ace! conducted a series of programs jointly sponsored with the American Embassy for International Education Week 2007.

Students, volunteers, interns and staff initiated a check-dam construction service project for the environmental management needs of rural communities and field based learning.
On November 9th an Ace! “roadtrip” outreach program traveled to leading high schools in Chiang Mai. The highlights were presentations by Yale and Hamilton College alumni on “Liberal Arts Education: An Exciting Option for You”
On November 10th: Together with affiliated units, Ace! Field Institute and Ayana Highland Trust, Ace! initiated a Check-Dam Construction service project for the environmental management needs of rural communities and field-based learning. Fundraising and construction was carried out by Ace! interns, staff and 60-80 volunteers from local high schools and North American colleges. Rotary International was the co-organizer and technical partner, while Ayana Highland Trust was the main sponsor.

Nida Laohavad, Marcus Tanihaha and Sean Vale attended the Ed-Expo USA reception.
On November 11th: To celebrate Ed-eXpo USA 2007 and International Education Week, Ace! hosted a reception for 40 educational leaders, guidance counselors, distinguished English teachers, and Fulbrighters. The Guests of Honor was U.S. Consul General Michael and Mrs. Shannon Morrow.
On November 12th: The 5th annual Ace! U.S. Education Expo, “Ed-eXpo USA 2007”, was held at The Prince Royal’s College. U.S. Consul General Michael Morrow served as the Honorary Patron for this event and the keynote lecture was given by Ms. Porntip Kanjananiyot, Executive Director of TUSEF/Fulbright.
EducationUSA workshops for 100 high school students by an Ace! Intern & Fulbright ETAs on “Web-based Resources for U.S. College Applications” and “Introductions to TOEFL and SAT – Unlock Your Potential” For more information about EducationUSA please call: 053-942896.

(l/r)Keeley Robinson, Jessica Loh, Aaron Williams, and Angela Bacon at
the Ed-Expo USA 2007 reception.

(l/r)Porntip Kanjananiyot, U.S. Consul General Michael Morrow and
Mrs. Shannon Morrow and Mike Hock.

Thai culture being taught to Brazilian children

The essay winners shown here along with H.E. Miss Siree Bunnag, Ambassador of Thailand to Brazil, where the children spent an afternoon as guests of the Ambassador and learned about Thai culture.

Last week was a very special week for a group of twelve students from a public school in Brasilia, a capital of Brazil. These children were the winners of an essay competition organized by the Urbi Munidi Educational Projects and the Royal Thai Embassy in Brazil.
This essay competition is, in fact, only the final part of the two-week long project, called “World Culture: Thailand.” During this period, around 300 students, aged between 9 and 11 years old, from Centro Educacional 01 do Gama School, would learn the basics about Thailand in various aspects such as geography, culture, history, language, food and sport. After the period of two-week learning, each student entered an essay competition and wrote a story about Thailand. The winners of the best twelve stories would be rewarded with a prize to visit the Royal Thai Embassy in Brazil.
During their exciting visit to the Royal Thai Embassy in Brazil, all the students were welcomed and shown various beautiful Thai crafts placed around the residence of H.E. Miss Siree Bunnag, the Ambassador of Thailand to Brazil who was the host.
While at the Royal Thai Embassy, all the children were taught some Thai words, served Thai food and given some gifts which provided their first real taste of Thailand.
Overall, the main objective of this project is to encourage Brazilian children to learn more about cultures and the ways of life in other countries, such as Thailand.
After this successful project similar activities have already been planned for 2008.

Prem student gains prestigious placement

The Prem School Community is rightly proud about the wonderful achievement of Vorarit Treyanurak (Art). Art has gained entry to a very prestigious University to study performance classical guitar under a world famous teacher.

Congratulations to Prem student Vorarit Treyanurak who was accepted at the prestigious Australian National University’s music department.

Art has gained entry to Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra Australia which is rated number 16 in the World by the Times World Ranking of Universities. Its music department is very difficult to gain entry to as the crucial criteria are not grades so much as ability which is tested by audition. Art sent a DVD to ANU over a month ago which was viewed by Dr. Timothy Kain, Professor of Music and a world class performing guitarist himself. Timothy decided to accept Art although places were strictly limited.
Art changed from IB Diploma this year to IB Certificate but ANU also decided that for performance guitar an IB Certificate was adequate.
Art has shown a lot of persistence and effort in his quest for a quality destination and Prem School congratulates him on his achievement. A degree from ANU will give him world –wide recognition and he will have the very best of teaching at a world class university.

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