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Foundation for the Education of Rural Children doles out scholarships

Prem’s International Day reflects school’s cosmopolitan ethos

Foundation for the Education of Rural Children doles out scholarships

FERC Scholarship Committee members pictured meeting the five students.

Andy Archer
Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, (FERC), Scholarship Committee members and guests recently travelled to the Region IV Department of Education offices to award second semester scholarships of 10,000 baht each to five outstanding high school students. Wutthnan Phonyangnork, Sirawit Jerchokchai, Chadarut Kuenkum, Yutthapong Inkae and Wimala Saelee all gathered to receive the scholarship awards and to report on their last semester’s activities and grades.
As with students all over the world, they reported on their favourite subjects, as well as those they found challenging, on how they help their families, on their hopes, and concerns about being able to continue their studies, and on their dreams for a good future. The committee members were delighted that each student participated, and addressed the committee in the English language, one of their school subjects.
Scholarships are supported by fund-raising in Thailand, the United States and Holland, with students being screened and recommended by local teachers and administrators. The final interviewing and screening is accomplished by members of the FERC Scholarship Committee, who also monitor each student’s progress during every semester during which they receive FERC’s support.
FERC will hold its annual fund-raising event, Let Us Entertain You, on this coming Saturday, November 22 at the Shangri-La Hotel at 7 p.m. Tickets are 1,000 baht each and are available from any FERC Board member or through the website, www. thai-rural-education.org. Limited tickets will be available at the door.
Guests will enjoy a fine assortment of hors d’oeuvres including Asian favourites as well as three pastas and three sauces which will be prepared and served fresh and hot to guests. FERC Board members will prepare homemade desserts from a variety of countries. The evening will also feature a silent auction of donated goods and services and musical entertainment including Broadway show favourites, by Tangerine Blue.
For further information, contact any FERC board member through the website.


Prem’s International Day reflects school’s cosmopolitan ethos

Prem students hold up the flags of their respective nations.

George Davies
Prem Tinsulanonda International School marked its 6th annual public International Day celebration on November 8 by showcasing songs, dances, food, and crafts from the nearly forty different countries represented by the school’s community. This year’s theme, ‘’A Taste of the World,” drew the best turnout yet recorded with around 1,000 people in attendance.
Prem’s 90-acre campus was turned into a miniature globe, with guests toting passports to be stamped whilst visiting national stalls manned by parents, members of the faculty, and Chiang Mai’s multicultural business owners.
Guests were able to take crash-course lessons in making Korean desserts, or admire hand-woven Nepalese carpets, to learn Scottish dancing, to fish for live prizes at an American carnival, to taste a Zimbabwean barbecue and to make crepes in “France” - this last one being very popular.
The event reached its climax when students from each of the countries represented paraded in traditional dress, carrying their national flags and assembling as a whole on the stage for a stunning finale.
International Day embodies Prem’s mission to promote global citizenship, appreciation and understanding of world heritage and culture. As one parent remarked, the annual event ‘characterizes the school’s ethos’. Bhutan and East Timor made special presentations about their own backgrounds and about what they had learned since fusing their formal education with the vibrant cultural exchange inherent in life at Prem.
As a testament to their expanded world perspective, many students used International Day as an opportunity to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention and education in Southeast Asia through the sale of t-shirts, crafts, and food.
The event’s cosmopolitan crowd was further bolstered this year by a major photographic competition hosted by the school; the first of a series of intended annual contests. This year’s theme was “My World”, with entries submitted that represented the photographers’ own visions of the world, from their own backyard to their geopolitical perspective.
Applicants competed in three categories, divided by age, for prizes worth 68,000 baht and the competition drew national and international submissions from Thailand, the UK, South Africa, Australia and Canada. Entries were judged by an award-winning Japanese photographer and a lecturer in photography from CMU’s faculty of fine art.
Victory in the open adult category was awarded to Pitchaporn Prukratsameepong, who flew in from Bangkok to receive huge accolades for her work, “Sufficiency Life”. All of the submitted photos will be exhibited in Chiang Mai in the coming months.
Prem’s development and patronisation of environmentally and globally aware free-thinkers continues to serve as a model of international education. In the next few months, the school will gear up again to host the country’s second largest Model United Nations Convention and an “Adventure Race”, which will draw secondary school students from across South East Asia.