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Vol. XIII No.10 - Sunday May 18, 2014 - Saturday May 31, 2014


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Education
 

Boarding as an anthropological field

Visiting anthropological student researcher Nina Kaae chatting with students.

By Nina Kaae, MA student in educational anthropology,
Aarhus University, Denmark

Told in three parts by Nina, this is the first section on her fieldwork with Third Culture kids in Chiang Mai.
In spring 2013 I was told by Aarhus University to find a site for my anthropological fieldwork for the fall semester. It could be anywhere in the world, anywhere I could spend three to four months in research. At the time I was working on an exam paper about globalisation and global citizenship. I was inspired and keen to find a place where I could learn more about these topics. Since education has been a big part of my professional life I thought an international school would be a great fieldwork site – people from many different places gathered at one place; a meeting point between national and global, global citizenship as an educational goal, and the main focus group being children and young people.
A friend of mine, a Canadian who was teaching at The International People’s College in Denmark had visited the Prem Tinsulanonda International School last year and recommended the school to me. As Prem seemed to be just what I was looking for I contacted the school through Principal Stephen Mcllroy and Director of Boarding Linda Buck and four months later I was on my way to Thailand.
For four months I lived in the Prem boarding community while doing anthropological fieldwork, researching how global citizenship comes into play at the school. As a fairly well travelled Dane, I am aware that I viewed Prem thought my own cultural glasses. Had someone else been here instead of me they might have observed something different.
“Immigrants” and “expat children” are relatively recent terms in the schools I had been teaching at in Denmark, so the intercultural dimension at Prem was new and exciting. I wondered what daily life at school and in boarding would be like with children from all over the world. What connected them? Which cultural differences even mattered in an international school?
I spent lots of time observing the students and talking to them about their daily life at school, where they were from and what their future plans were. I participated in many lessons and the morning assembles, and attended special celebrations, but primarily examined boarding routines. I learned a lot about what boarding life at Prem was like – but I am sure I could learn more if I could have stayed longer! As an anthropologist it is important to know and to understand the people around you, and that is what I tried to do.
The second part of Nina’s story on Third Culture kids will be in the next issue.


Zonta distributes scholarships

Zonta Chiang Mai distributed funds as part of their Scholarship fund program at the Thai Red Cross Station 3 on May 1. 2014.

Members of Zonta International Chiang Mai were joined by guest of honor Chao Dr. Duangduan na Chiang Mai at the ceremony to distribute scholarship funds to members of the ZAO Education Fund Adopt an Orphan program on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Thai Red Cross Station 3.
Zonta International Chiang Mai has several programs running to assist orphans and to empower women in helping themselves. Zonta Chiang Mai holds many fund raisers and awareness programs over the year to focus people on the needs of HIV/ AIDS orphans as well as for women who find themselves disadvantaged, either through poverty, violence in the home or other issues.
Interested parties can find out more information at their website: http://www.zonta-chiangmai.org/


NARIT awards students in 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad

Three students will represent Thailand at the International Astronomy Olympiad at the junior high school level while eight students will represent Thailand at the 8th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) at the senior high-school level.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Three students from Thailand will represent Thailand in the upcoming International Astronomy Olympiad junior high school level in Bishkek and Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan in October, 2014 after winning the Thailand Astronomy Olympiad held at the Faculty of Science Chiang Mai University from April 24 – 29, 2014.
The Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (NARIT), Ministry of Science and Technology Asst. Prof. Boonraksa Sunthorntham, the NARIT Director attended the closing ceremony and awarded the medals on April 29, 2014 at the 40 Years Science Building, Faculty of Science, CMU.
The three students that will be attending the IAO are Pawarit Lappakittaro from Suankularb Wittayalai School, POSN of Suankularb Wittayalai School, Athikom Wanichkul from Punyarat School, POSN of Chulalongkorn University, and Yannapat Hemratpan from Suankularb Wittayalai School, POSN of Suankularb Wittayalai School. The team leader is Dr. Paisan Tooprakai, Chulalongkorn University.
An additional five students from Thailand will compete at the 8th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in the senior high-school level from August 1-11, 2014 at Suceava, Romania; Nawat Sawattong from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, POSN of Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, Pitchapon Jirawongsapan from Bangkok Christian College, POSN of Samsen Wittayalai School, Chanita Tubthong from Samsen Wittayalai School, POSN of Samsen Wittayalai School, Kankawee Sriyutthasak from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, POSN of Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and Jittapon Loetprasoetpong from Suankularb Wittayalai School, POSN of Chulalongkorn University. Dr. Siramas Komonjinda, Chiang Mai University is a team leader and Asst. Prof. Dr. Sorasak Danworaphong of Walailak University is a team vice leader.
The next Thai Astronomy Olympiad will be held at the Prince of Songkla University (Pattani Campus) next year.


Prem kids focus on the issue of water for Earth Day 2014

Prem students learned about earth’s most precious resource, water, for Earth Day 2014.

By Joy Huss
Earth Day is always a day of fun, learning and community at Prem International School.  The first worldwide Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to capitalise on the growing environmental movement, and give people all over the planet a chance to come together to drive change in the way we interact with the Earth.  Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on 22 April, but this year because of the term break, Friday 25 April was chosen instead.
Donal O’Connell, Sustainability Coordinator at Prem, was responsible for the day and with help from Dr Emma Shaw, Environmental System Science teacher, and Sarah Handley, Director of Library Services, O’Connell arranged a splendid day that explored the theme for the day:  Water, Our Most Precious Resource.
Almost 500 students from the Junior School and from the Senior School participated in fifteen workshops centred on the theme. The Shark Guardian group from Koh Samui were also invited to present to the students on the unsustainable treatment of these top predators.  Among the many activities, students were asked to make pledges to change their behaviour towards water in the “Promise Pond”. Grade 11 students researched the ethical implications of water distribution for their Theory of Knowledge class, and the day was capped by boat races and other water-centred recreation.
“I had a great time,” Sabrina Makmur, Grade 10, said. “I learned so much about pollution and I was shocked to see how much water we use, especially in the food we eat.”
From water droplets created in the art studio with messages of hope, to facts researched and posted by students during the Water in the World workshop, Earth Day may be over for this year, but its message of conservation and stewardship is ever present on the Prem Campus.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

Boarding as an anthropological field

Zonta distributes scholarships

NARIT awards students in 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad

Prem kids focus on the issue of water for Earth Day 2014

 


 



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