“It’s Your Choice” to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy Training in Lamphun
Zonta and the Red Cross work together
The students expressed their feelings about
the workshop theme in drama.
By Margaret Bhadungzong, Zonta Chiang Mai Club Past President
The workshop, held at the Chalermprakia 48 Phansa School in Pasang,
Lamphun on August 17, 2013, was opened by the Chalermprakiat School
Director, Mr. Kasem, stating that the topic is important for the
students to have the correct knowledge about their own health and
well-being. He also thanked both the Italian Red Cross and the Thai Red
Cross for bringing this health workshop to the students. The
participating students are in the 9th grade level who have all entered
the school this year. This workshop has been held for the ninth year in
which the Zonta Chiangmai Club has brought this life skills knowledge to
The students interacted with Zontian Thada Chaiyaprida, the ice break
facilitator who sang and played games with the student audience. Zonta
Chiangmai Club President, Raya Luelai, donated Baht 5,000 to the sports
equipment fund of the school. Zonta Charter President Somboon Suprasert
spoke about developing and implementing life skills for a successful
life. She explained the concept “It’s Your Choice” as a program with
many challenges to get the message to adolescents. She felt the
participants were ready to receive this knowledge who willingly signed
up to attend today’s workshop on their day off.
A video, Up to You, prepared by the National Public Health in
collaboration with PATH was shown to the participants during the lunch
break. The video presents immediate and urgent concerns of adolescents
coming of age who are discovering sexual behavior.
Ten medical students from Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University
divided the students into small groups for discussion identifying their
personal concerns on the topics they had observed in the video. After
the discussion, the students planned and directed their own short drama
expressing the day’s topic how to say No to at-risk choices. In closing
the program, each student was reminded to follow their heart’s interests
in education, the arts, sports or language study with dedication. With
motivation and hard work, they will be successful to reach their goals.
Science Day at Panyaden School
Panyaden students performed experiments to
learn more about how molecules behave in different states by performing
the “can crush” experiment.
Panyaden students from K2 – P6 enjoyed a day of fun participating in the
annual Panyaden Science Fair on August 23, 2013. Students learned how
air moves by releasing hovercrafts made out of balloons and used CDs;
mixed corn flour and water to form globs of oobleck and making them
dance using sound energy. They created their own magic rainbow by
shining white light onto a prism, which then refracts and disperses it
to form the 7 colors of the rainbow. They watched intently as their
schoolmates used drink cans to demonstrate how molecules in various
states behave differently when subjected to heat and cold before trying
their hand at the Can Crush experiment themselves.
Head Teachers Kru Michel and Kru Dokmai said that idea is to get the
students to do much more than just watch. They are encouraged to try the
experiments themselves and ask lots of questions.
Panyaden School offers a Buddhist approach to education, integrating
Buddhist philosophy with modern educational tools. (All photos by Ally
Students learned how air moves by making
hovercrafts out of balloons.
NIS making a difference in the lives of the temple dog
By Joy Huss
Just off the Super Highway down a small side Soi lies the
inconspicuous home of 20 dogs. Crawling out from under rattan charpoys,
bushes and wooden tables, running from the adjoining school grounds and
sleepily waking from their cement beds, the temple dogs of Wat Nong Phrae
Krang come to greet us.
monks at Wat Nong Phrae Krang were happy to have the student volunteers from
Temple Awareness Program and Care for Dogs come to help the dogs living
On August 19th the students and teacher coordinator, Dee Fancett, of
Nakornpayap International School’s Temple Awareness Program (TAP), founder
of Prem International School’s Hand to Paw Temple Dog Outreach, Joy Huss,
and staff from the Care for Dogs Foundation, Khun Chai, came together to
witness firsthand the positive impact that they can have on their community
and on animals in need.
The three separate litters of puppies, ranging from one to two months old,
can now be found running amongst the temple grounds. These 10 new hungry,
energetic bodies have added a significant worry for the monks to their
already large population of 10 dogs.
A networking of resources has brought these three dog-welfare groups
together to find a solution at Wat Nong Phrae Krang and to further educate
the students of NIS TAP on how to run a successful community service
program. Based on Hand to Paw’s years of experience running a student-led
temple dog program in 7 temples, Joy was able to provide valuable
information on how to organize an effective care-giving day at the temple
and vaccinate the puppies and dogs to keep them free of disease and rabies.
Care for Dogs was on hand to educate the students and monks on how important
it is to spay and neuter animals. The adult, female dogs were collected to
have them sterilized, thus preventing future puppies being born at the
The students of NIS were kept very busy over the course of 2 hours;
purchasing and donating much needed dry dog food; bathing, de-worming,
de-ticking, cleaning ears, tending wounds and giving lots of kisses and
cuddles to the plethora of puppies all under the watchful and curious eyes
of the resident monks. Once they have mastered their skills in basic dog
care with the puppies they will move on to the adult dogs until every dog at
the temple receives the same quality of care throughout the year. Students
will visit the temple on a weekly basis to provide care and support to the
dogs, assisting the monks to maintain a sustainable population as well as
fundraising to pay for supplies, food, sterilizations or other medical
necessities. Puppy adoptions will soon be under way with some dogs going off
to the Care for Dogs Adoption program and NIS making and distributing
posters and flyers with puppy photos and details all in the hopes of finding
them safe and loving homes.
Education is first and foremost in bringing change to the lives of temple
dogs in our communities. With more and more students wanting to be a part of
this change, programs like TAP and Hand to Paw are the successful first
steps in making a difference!