DEPDC Hosts Mekong Youth Network Conference in Udon Thani
The Development Education Program for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC) is a
non-profit community based education and human trafficking prevention NGO
located in Mae Sai. DEPDC offers free education, a safe shelter and
accommodation to at risk women and children in order to prevent their being
trafficked into the sex industry or other exploitative labor situations. The
organization also reaches out at the community level to raise awareness of
human trafficking and the need for education and job training as
preventative measures to trafficking. The Foundation for the Education of
Rural Children (FERC) has supported the educational efforts of DEPDC through
funds raised at its annual gala.
volunteer worker speaks to participants on the dangers of human trafficking
and the need for education and job training as preventative measures.
DEPDC has organized volunteer groups in the six countries that border the
Mekong River. The Mekong Sub-Region, which is comprised of Myanmar, Laos,
China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is known for its human trafficking
networks. Thousand of adults and children, many from ethnic minority groups,
are trafficked from these countries through Thailand into exploitative
situations every year. The goal of the Mekong Youth Network is to train
young leaders to combat human trafficking in all of its forms.
The MYN held a weeklong conference and training seminar at Huai Luang
Reservoir outside of Udon Thani last week. Work focused on strengthening
English language skills as well as problem solving and skills training for
Participants exchange views during at the
discussion group session.
Retreat rejuvenates teachers’ body and mind
Archarn Varee Pattaravanitch, right,
congratulates Nong Ying, Ms Ploypapas Thanachaikarn, a Mattayom 4 student,
who was chosen as Miss Teen Thailand 2007, from the school in Chiang Mai
during the retreat program.
Varee Chiang Mai School and Varee Kindergarten recently held its activities
entitled the Varee Chiang Mai School Teacher Retreat Involvement in School
Mission at Phu Ingfah Resort, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai with the aiming
of developing minds and health of the teachers, so as to boost more visions
on the education and work among them.
Led by Archarn Varee Patravanitch, the school license owner, said that the
retreat was the fifth to be organized, and this time Archarn Pakdee
Wattanachantarakul was invited to be as a guest speaker during the retreat.
Department of State Issues Record Number of Visas to Students
to Study in the United States
At the end of the International Education Week, which was held on November
12 – 16, Department of State of the United States of America announced that
they had issued a record number of visas to students to study in the United
States, which exceeded the pre-9/11 levels.
During the fiscal year 2007, the Department issued more than 651,000 student
and exchange visitor visas – 10 percent more than last year and 90,000 more
than were issued in fiscal year 2001.
As Secretary Rice noted, “In this celebration of international education and
exchange, the U.S. Department of State joins with the U.S. Department of
Education to highlight the critical role of education in our efforts to
secure a bright future based on international partnership and
“The number of foreign students attending American institutions of higher
learning continues to grow and the Department of State, in partnership with
the Institute of International Education, academic institutions, and
American colleges and universities, continues to spread the word to
international students that we welcome them. Embassy and consular officials
meet with prospective foreign students to explain the student visa
application requirements and process and they participate in overseas
college fairs providing information about education opportunities available
in the United States. All consulates offer special appointments in an effort
to ensure that foreign students do not miss their classes in the United
States while waiting for a visa interview. International students have heard
us and are choosing the United States as a premier destination for higher