Foundation for the Education of
Rural Children doles out scholarships
FERC Scholarship Committee members pictured
meeting the five students.
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
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
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
Prem’s International Day reflects school’s
Prem students hold up the flags of
their respective nations.
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.