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
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
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.