Summer Camp at Traidhos
Early morning at the Traidhos Three-Generation Community
for Learning (formerly known as The Prem Center) brings the quiet shuffle of
waking students, even during the summer holidays. The Three-Generation Camps
program welcomes students from more than five different countries this year
for their summer camp, adventure camp or for the exciting Intensive English
camp. Continuing to add to their curriculum and activities, the Camps
program welcomes repeat students from past years while reaching out to new
participants from Taiwan, Korea and the United States.
“As counsellors we see some real changes in the attitudes
and comfort levels of the kids from the day when they arrive to the day when
they leave. Getting campers to make their own beds is a shock to them at
first, but after a week or so they actively begin to take on
responsibilities without being asked,” says Adam Peacock, camp counsellor.
“Sharing their days with other campers fosters the ability to feel
physically comfortable with new people in new situations. They form strong
bonds every day through group challenges and they also get a chance to try
out leadership roles.”
Students rise early for breakfast and bunkhouse cleanup
before they start their adventure-packed days. The Three-Generation camp
programs have been growing and evolving for over five years into the
veritable buffet of activities they offer today. Campers get a chance to
take in the natural beauty of Northern Thailand’s Doi Inthanon and Mae Ngat
Dam through trekking, cycling, kayaking and leisurely swims. In addition to
traditional camp past times, such as archery and crafts, the camps add a
taste of Thai culture for participants visiting from abroad.
With the onslaught of technology, children are spending
more time spent in front of screens, and ever-decreasing times spent on
physical interaction. The Three-Generation camps are trying to lift students
out of their droning summer routines to experience something completely new.
Highlights this year include a day-long workshop with Makhampon Living
Theatre in Chiang Dao, zipping through treetops with Flight of the Gibbon
and absorbing the culture of Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun. Within the campus
participants received hands-on science lessons by making bottle rockets to
observe Newton’s Laws of Motion, they learn how to cook pizzas in a mud
brick oven on the organic farm, and have fun clowning around during a circus
skills workshop. These are topped off with evening barbecues to ensure a
memorable summer for all participants.
Japanese foundation donates scholarships to needy Mae Hong Son students
Mr. Fuji Hidenobu, President of the
Etouzaiden Foundation is joined by students who won scholarships from the
Japan’s Etouzaiden Foundation presented 74 scholarships
to disadvantaged students who excelled in school on July 27.
The Foundation was set up 16 years ago to help local
children by the families of those Japanese soldiers who had served in Mae
Hong Son and received kindness at the hands of the locals.
Mr. Fuji Hidenobu, President of the Foundation, travelled
to Mae Hong Son with other delegates from Japan, to present the
scholarships. Scholarships were handed out to needy students whose grades
were higher than 2.5.
Suraphan Suebfak, the Deputy Director of the Office of
Mae Hong Son Provincial Education, Zone 1, and Suthep Nuchsuang, the Mayor
of Mae Hong Son were on hand to welcome the Japanese delegation, to present
the scholarships of 2,000 baht – 3,000 baht for each student.
The delegation will also reconsider students for further
scholarships with an eventual aim of university studies in Japan.
Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son schools ready for upcoming competition
September 17 & 18
By Jedsadapong Wongkiew
Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son teachers and school heads met
last week at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel to coordinate the upcoming academic
skills contest to be held for secondary school students from Chiang Mai and
Mae Hong Son from September 17-18 at Navamintrachutid Payap in Chiang Mai.
Pramual Bhudchanon, Director of Mae Rim School chaired
the meeting at which 450 teachers and school directors attended at Lotus
Pang Suan Kaew Hotel on July 12.
According to Pramual Bhudchanon, Director of Mae Rim
School and chairman of the preparation meeting,, said that the contest was a
way to encourage students to display their academic skills “This is a stage
for them to exchange and learn more as well as present their work to the
general public,” he added.
The contest will be divided into 8 categories. In
addition to allowing students to show off their academic abilities the
contest will also showcase the most outstanding works.