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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Chiang Mai Governor receives Honorary Doctorate

CMU students head to Khon Kaen for volunteer project

Engineering students donate funds for Japan disaster survivors

LIST students shine in photographic exhibition

Northern School for the Blind receives a special visitor

Sop Moei students gain dormitories thanks to Japanese help

Eyes turn skyward with NARIT this summer

 

Chiang Mai Governor receives Honorary Doctorate

His Majesty the King graciously designated His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as His Majesty’s Representative to confer degrees to graduates of Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai this year. Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul also received an honorary doctorate degree from HRH Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. This doctorate degree was conferred to the Governor by Rajabhat University, Pibulsongkram campus in Phitsanulok at the graduation ceremony presided over by the Prince and held at Rajabhat University in Phitsanulok.


CMU students head to Khon Kaen for volunteer project

Students at Ban Nahee got backpacks
and other school equipment as part of the camp.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University have launched volunteer camps for rural development activities in the 20th joint cooperation project for the universities.

Khon Kaen Governor Sombat Triwatsuwan presided over the opening ceremony of the camps at Ban Nahee School in Tambon Phonphek, Manchakhiri District, Khon Kaen in the middle of March.

Asst. Prof. Licit Amatayakong, the Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations, Khon Kaen University (KKU), with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amnart Yoosuk, Vice President for Student Quality Development and Special Affairs of Chiang Mai University (CMU) and KKU administrators and community leaders attended the ceremony.

The volunteer camps were held from March 11-19 at Ban Nahee School, 104 volunteer students of the both institutes took part and students from the Prince of Songkhla University attended the camps as observers.

Lecturers and students took part in rural development activities.

Students constructed multi-purpose buildings, engaged in education initiatives, welfare promotion, community relations, and nutrition activities.

Governor Sombat and administrators also presented school bags and learning tools and equipment to students of Ban Nahee School, as well as gifts to those volunteers who took part in the camps.

This volunteer camp project has seen participation by both Universities since being established in 1992 with an aim to familiarize students with rural development issues and goals.

Assoc Prof Dr. Amnart Yoosuk, of CMU said the camp is a good way for students from both schools to meet and create friendships by working together.

Asst. Prof. Likhit Amatayakong, of KKU added that these volunteer camp activities are not only useful for students, but also for lecturers and administrators of both institutes. He added that the Prince of Songkhla University also participated in the camp as an observer showing the good regional cooperation in Thailand.


Engineering students donate funds for Japan disaster survivors

Khon Kaen University Faculty of Engineering students presented donations raised for the survivors of the Japan earthquake and tsunami to the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarships (AOTS) during a trip to Osaka in Japan on March 14. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratchapol Santiwarakorn, and 15 students, who were on a field trip to visit the Training Program on Japanese Corporate Management for Thailand from March 7-17 in Osaka, Japan, donated the money 7,045 Yen to Sadatanai Toshiki of AOTS to show their support for the survivors.


LIST students shine in photographic exhibition

The prize winning photo is a portrait of the artist’s father at hospital.

Lanna International School Thailand students held an exhibition at Sangdee Galllery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 Friday, March 25, 2011. Sponsored by PFM International, the exhibition runs through Monday, March 28 and all the amazing photos are up for sale.

The ages range from 9 to 21 and many of the photos are quite moving and beautiful. Given the ages of some of the kids the talent on display does a credit to the school and their teachers for allowing these children to set their inner creativity free.

The opening night was well attended and many of the photos snatched up, so be sure to visit the Gallery soon.

Some of the many inspiring and touching photos of the students.

Ana Gracey joined Alan Hall of PFM International and LIST Head, Roy Lewis for the evening to raise funds for the school’s Environment Sustainability Project.


Northern School for the Blind receives a special visitor

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern watches the performance with Pramuan Ploykamonchun, Principal for the Northern School for the Blind.

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern greets one the musician students after their performance.

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern greets
the students at the Northern School for the Blind.

The students were very happy to receive toys and musical instruments from the Princess and Thailandfreunde.

The Northern School for the Blind warmly welcomed Princess Maja von Hohenzollern to the their premises on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to enjoy student performances, meet students and offer toys to the school and to join with Thailandfreunde members in donating 60,000 baht for the school.

The Northern School for the Blind was established in 1960 and has been under the Royal Patronage of HRH Queen Sirikit since 1964. The school became government owned under the Ministry of Education in 1980 and was allowed to extend education to the secondary level. It emphasizes vocational training and normal curriculum. There are 213 students from Kindergarten through to high school, many attending outside schools in an integrated environment, 29 teachers and 51 other staff.

Thailandfreunde has been active in supporting the school and helping with new construction to accommodate their growing needs and will hold a gala fundraiser at the Mercure Hotel on March 25, 2011. Air Berlin offered their generous support for the organization’s fundraising activities.


Sop Moei students gain dormitories thanks to Japanese help

Japan Consul General for Chiang Mai Kazuo Shibata presents Ban Lekho School officials with the funds necessary to build dormitories.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,602,000 baht for a project entitled “Construction of Dormitories for Students at Ban Lekho School in Sop Moei District, Mae Hong Son Province”. On March 18, 2011, Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Mr. Bamrungsak Burasit, Director of Ban Lekho School, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

Ban Lekho School which caters to 164 Pwo Karen students from preschool to lower secondary level is located near the border with Myanmar. The students’ homes are located in mountainous areas, 5-23km away from the school, with bad roads making it difficult to attend as day students. Consequently, 75 out of 98 lower secondary students live in an existing dormitory and some temporary lodgings in the school.

However, the dormitory and temporary lodgings are already overcrowded, and students are obliged to sleep on the floor without enough bedclothes. Students often catch dengue fever and malaria because of decrepit and insanitary bathrooms. Economic reasons and transport difficulties force some students to give up their studies every year. Therefore, in order to provide more educational opportunities to the children in this area, it is an urgent issue that the school should provide a healthy living and educational environment through new dormitories.

In response to a request from Ban Lekho School, the Government of Japan will bear the construction cost of two dormitories, one for boys and the other for girls, as well as provide related equipment. It is expected that the construction of the new dormitories will enable more minority children in the border area to obtain a basic education, and will help to promote development in this community. For more information about GGP, please contact: Mr.Sato, Consul, or Ms. Hoshii and Ms. Hamaguchi, Coordinators for GGP, Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, Airport Business Park, 90 Mahidol Road. 053-203-367. (PR)


The National Astronomical Institute of Thailand (Narit) based in Chiang Mai, invited teachers and students from Nakornpayap International School to the astronomical training center on Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai. Astronomical studies and activities were organized for the Grade 6 students as part of their field trip on March 4 at Doi Inthanon National Park. The field trip also ventured into studying environmental preservation and the ecology.


Eyes turn skyward with NARIT this summer

A guest lecturer teaches children and their families more about star mapping.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The National Astronomic Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and the Science Faculty at Chiang Mai University have organized summer activities for kids and families with special lectures by guest speakers on stars, star mapping and stories about the stars.

Organized for the 8th year, activities are held at the CMU Sirindhorn Tower Observatory, Three Kings Monument and Pang Poong in Mae Hong Son.

On March 12 they organized a star gazing event for local kids. The aim is to teach students and children about the sky and how to use telescopes.



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