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Japanese Government helps Shan students in Chiang Mai

On 17 January 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Phra Khru Amornveerakhun, Chairman of the Wat Papao Foundation for Promotion of Education, Art and Culture, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,707,000 baht for “The Project for Construction of a Schoolhouse for the Myanmar Ethnic Group in Muang District, Chiang Mai Province”.
The majority of ethnic Shan people residing in Northern Thailand are displaced persons who fled into Thailand to escape the threat of persecution in Myanmar. Most of them have been earning their livelihood by working as laborer in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing or service sectors because they are able to communicate in Thai which belongs to the same language group as Shan. However, they experience rough living and working conditions. On the other hand, the Thai government, with the background of a serious labor shortage and the improvement of Thai - Myanmar relations resulting from the beginning of democratization in Myanmar, has embarked on programs to improve the livelihood of displaced persons and migrant laborers from Myanmar in the fields of labor, education and welfare.
Wat Papao Buddhist temple was established in Chiang Mai city by Shan people about 400 years ago and has performed a central role in maintaining the religion and traditional culture of the Shan people in Northern Thailand. The Wat Papao Foundation for Promotion of Education, Art and Culture (established in 1997) has, with the permission from the Ministry of Education, established a primary school (with kindergarten) and a school for adults within the temple compound, accepting displaced Shan adults and children with the aim of preserving Shan language and traditional culture through a schedule of cultural and club activities.
Under these circumstances, in response to a request from the foundation, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of construction of a new schoolhouse in order to resolve the lack of classrooms for new applicants who wish to enter the school. It is expected that this project will promote basic education, an understanding of the situation in their homeland, and empowerment of the students as members of civil society, which will further lead them to play a role as community development leaders after their eventual return to Myanmar, and assisting the stabilization of Myanmar society in long term. Furthermore, it is also anticipated that this project will help to develop the relationship between Thai and Shan people, while stabilizing and improving welfare in communities in the city area. (CGJ)


Medical students at CMU to receive specialized English courses

CMU medical students will soon be able to take some courses entirely in English in a bid to improve language skills of graduating medical students.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University is launching courses for to improve communication skills for students and personnel in the lead up to the ASEAN Economic Community next year.
Assoc. Prof. Wattana Navacharoen, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University explained that Chiang Mai University, as a leading university of the country, has to ensure that medical students are competent and qualified to serve society. In addition to academic skills, it is necessary to accelerate the development of language skills to ensure that Thai medical personnel can compete on ASEAN and international levels.
The Faculty of Medicine plans to start a new course titled “International Medical School” for medical students with a GPA not lower than 3.75, and with good TOEFL scores. Classes will be taught entirely in English. In addition, the English Test will be used in qualifying for internship, fellowship and instructor, etc.
The Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University received assistance from Arisara Tanapakit or “Kru P’Nan”, from “ENCONCEPT English to the Max” to be a consultant to manage instruction to develop English language skills for medical students.


CMU medical researcher wins Best Researcher award

Prof. Dr. Kabkaew Sukontason received the Gold Elephant Award from CMU for her research in health sciences.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Prof. Dr. Kabkaew Sukontason, Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University won The Golden Elephant Award for best researcher in Health Sciences from Chiang Mai University on the 9th Academic Activity Day of CMU.
Prof. Dr. Kabkaew Sukontason has been researching parasites and flies for 15 years. She began researching parasites but turned to the study of various flies about 2 years ago. She has been researching various flies in forensic pathology to assist pathologists in determining the time of death due to the various types of fly larvae found in corpses.
She noted that while there are many types of flies she has focused on 12 different kinds, each entering the body at different times. She noted that different flies like different conditions and by determining what kind of fly it is and the rate of growth you can determine time of death. This kind of research is widely accepted and Dr. Kabkaew’s work has added to a growing body of publications.


Prem students working for Wat Don Chan Orphanage

Prem students have been holding a series of fund raising events to help the kids at Wat Don Chan orphanage.

By Gillian Turner
The last school term, Prem’s Junior School Council (JSC) raised over THB 30,000 for the children of the Wat Don Chan Orphanage.
They sponsored ‘Shave for a Cause’ to purchase ‘NittyGritty’ (lice) combs. This event raised over THB 17,000 and the children of the Orphanage can now be nit free. A very special thank you to Prem Boarding Director, Linda Buck, who picked up the combs in London and head-shaving volunteers, Ajarn Gill and Ajarn Mark, for going under the clippers.
Next, they hosted the ‘Prem Fun Run’ on Saturday 14 December to continue the fund raising cause to buy a basketball pole so the children have something to play with on their playground area.
15,000 baht was raised at this successful event with 120 runners participating on the day, with ninety runners in the 3 km races and thirty in the 6 km race. Students from Wat Don Chan were also invited to run in the races.
The fundraising continues for the rest of the month of January with a “Shoes, Clothes and Washing Powder” drive. All shoes and clothes people can donate will greatly help the children of the Orphanage. Many children don’t own a pair of shoes, share clothes and cannot wash the clothes they do have, as they cannot afford washing powder. The JSC will deliver all donations in the beginning of February to the orphanage.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

Japanese Government helps Shan students in Chiang Mai

Medical students at CMU to receive specialized English courses

CMU medical researcher wins Best Researcher award

Prem students working for Wat Don Chan Orphanage