Prem hosts Chiang Mai Model United Nations conference
On 20 - 21 March 2015, the biggest ever Chiang Mai Model United Nations
conference (CMMUN) was hosted at Prem Tinsulanonda International School
in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.
The theme for the conference was ‘Human Rights: Freedom from fear’ as
issues related to Human Rights are extensive and widespread yet relevant
and accessible to our students. Students debated in one of five Model
United Nations Committee’s; the Economic and Social council, the
Environment program, the Human Rights council, the Disarmament
commission and the Security Council. They debated and tried to resolve a
variety of issues ranging from child marriage, to the recruitment of
young people by terrorist groups, the accessibility of secure food and
water and sustainable production and consumption patterns.
This conference saw participation from schools in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
and Bangkok, most of whom stayed overnight at Prem in the Visiting
Schools Program (VSP) accommodation. Prem has the most students it has
ever had participating in MUN – with 35 student delegates representing
United Nations member states, the International Baccalaureate
Career-related Programme (IBCP) hospitality class, and grade 6 and 7
student pages who assisted during the conference debate. In total over
200 students were involved and it was a conference filled with intensity
and rigorous debate, as well as enjoyment and new friendships, as we
work together to try and come up with solutions to some of the world’s
most pressing issues. For more information please email: [email protected]
or call 053 301 500 Ext.5004
International Math Olympiad to be held in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The 56th annual International Mathematics Olympiad will be held
in Chiang Mai from July 4-16, 2015 at Chiang Mai University.
The event is hosted by The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching
Science and Technology (IPST) aChiang Mai University, The Mathematical
Association of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, The
Promotion of Academic Olympiad and Development of Science Education
Foundation under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani
Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra (POSN).
This is the first time Chiang Mai has hosted this international event
that is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School
students. The first Olympiad was held in Romania in 1959. Students from
over 100 countries will be participating in the event and will coming
from five different continents.
Chiang Mai University representatives believe the event will help boost
the profile of Chiang Mai internationally as well as motivate young Thai
students in mathematics. The event will be honoring HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her 60th Birthday on April 2, 2015.
Young Southeast Asian student leaders join forum at the U.S. Consulate
One hundred student leaders from eight
higher education institutions joined a forum held at the U.S. Consulate
General on February 27, 2015.
By Shana Kongmun
The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai hosted the Young
Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Open House: Chiang Mai Forum
on Friday, February 27, 2015 with 100 student leaders from eight
educational institutions including Chiang Mai University, Payap
University, Mae Jo University, other higher education institutes in
Consul General Michael Heath welcomed the students to the forum and
encouraged them on their endeavors.
The event started with students playing a game, interviewing people and
asking questions before stopping for a group photo with U.S. Consul
General Michael Heath and sponsor Charonchai Salyapong of Pepsico.
Charonchai said that as a former law professor he was very excited about
this project and was looking forward to joining in. He told the Chiang
Mai Mail that education was his first love having taught law for over 20
years and added that these students were the future and so he wanted to
make sure they received all the encouragement possible.
The group then sat down for a welcome speech by Consul General Heath
followed by a talk on the YSEALI before Charonchai, who is the Corporate
Affairs Director for Pepsico Thailand spoke about the ideal graduate for
The Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative was launched by President
Barack Obama in 2013 to strengthen leadership development and networking
Students enjoyed taking their photo with the
Kids at Stratton ABC Foundation shine on Open House Day
Director and founder of the Stratton ABC
Foundation with photos of their newest building.
By Shana Kongmun
John Cope and the talented kids at the Stratton ABC Foundation home
welcomed visitors to their Open House on Sunday February 22, 2015 where John
showed off pictures of their new classroom, as well as murals done by the
students as well as many of their art works for sale along with crafts.
The students performed Tai Chi for the visitors before changing for a
traditional dance performance. The Stratton ABC Foundation Children’s Home
is a registered charity organization in Thailand that was founded five years
ago by John Cope to provide not just education but a nurturing home
environment for ten children aged between five and nineteen. In addition to
family home care they attend local community schools and receive additional
English language tuition. The children take part in character and skills
development projects which are also made available to local community
More information can be found at
Tai is a talented artist but really wants to be
Some of the art work the children have produced
under the guidance of a local artist.
The kids perform Tai Chi, learned from YouTube videos!