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Update April 27, 2015

Traidhos April Camp 2015 in Mae Rim

Kids enjoyed a trip to Flight of the Gibbon for a ziplining adventure.

Our introductory week to our March/ April camp was an action-packed boys only week! We started the week with parachute fun and games, attempted the challenging low rope course, learnt to cook “jungle style” on open fires, and put our survival skills into practice camping and hiking around Doi Inthanon. In between all the fun and games, the boys also managed to improve their English through fun English classes, which asked them to research different topics, analyse and present different information to their group.

They hiked through the forest to get to the ziplines.

We welcomed some girls to our camp, continued with English Elective while some of the campers played golf and tennis. We furthered our archery practice and games in the swimming pool, learnt the magic art of turning elephant poo into paper! And then, to top off the adventurous week, we travelled to Mae Kampong, stayed with the local families and then transformed into Gibbons for the Zip Lining adventure, facing our fears and zooming through the rainforest on 800m long ziplines!

Traidhos Camps is part of Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning and located on the same campus as Prem Tinsulanonda International School. For more information please email: [email protected]

Update April 2, 2015

Prem hosts Model UN conference

Prem Tinsulanonda International School hosted the biggest-ever Chiang Mai Model United Nations conference (CMMUN) from 20 to 21 March 2015.

Prem Tinsulanonda International School hosted the biggest-ever Chiang Mai Model United Nations conference (CMMUN) from 20 to 21 March 2015. The theme of the conference was "Human Rights: Freedom from fear"

This conference was well received with over 200 participating students from Prem and other international schools in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Bangkok.

The conference began with an opening address by Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact. As an indigenous activist from the Philippines, Ms. Carling has been working on indigenous issues for more than 20 years and is a leader in ensuring indigenous rights are included in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and mechanisms relating to human rights and sustainable development. She is well known as an informed indigenous activist engaging with international bodies who has given public addresses to UN agencies and governments worldwide. It was exciting for students to hear about the experiences of someone who has devoted their life to fighting for Human Rights and Freedom from Fear.

The two-day conference was a great success, with intense lobbying leading to intelligent debates and insightful resolutions in each of the 5 committees represented. Debate on resolutions was briefly interrupted on Saturday morning as an “emergency issue” was presented. In this scenario, the leader of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, began what he labeled as a ‘Soviet Reunion’, by annexing the disputed territory of Ukraine, and aiming to quickly reunite the ‘lost members’ of the former Soviet Union. Students had to think on their feet and assess how each of their nations would react in reality, and many quickly got to work writing a Resolution to block the Russian Federation’s bold move.

Student feedback from the conference was overwhelmingly positive, as this quote demonstrates: “It was my first time at the event and I learned a lot from everyone else, the Chair’s and the other delegates were really nice, and they never judged me for saying the wrong things sometimes, and because of this, I feel much more confident for the next time. The food and snacks were also really, really good. The setup of the entire thing was amazing, it looked like a real UN conference, and everything was very professional.”

Prem taechers and students offered a huge thank you to Ajarn Prim for her help with the MUN club, to Ajarn Claire and the hospitality class for their immense efforts to organize and orchestrate many of the logistics of the conference as well as thanks to K. Viroj, K. Ning and the housekeeping and maintenance departments who all worked very hard to create and maintain the ‘amazing, professional’ set up.

Prem students visit the ASEAN Studies Center at CMU

Prem students enjoyed their visit to Chiang Mai University’s ASEAN Studies Center.

On Wednesday, 25 March, the Prem ASEAN Committee conducted a field trip to Chiang Mai University’s Center of ASEAN Studies. The students attended a seminar with Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphuti and his colleagues regarding current ASEAN issues as well as possible future collaborations. They discussed the origins of ASEAN and its limitations to becoming a global community. Overall, it was an informative presentation and an enlightening experience for everyone.

Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphuti, Director of the Chiang Mai University Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, received his PhD from Stanford University in Education Development. He returned to his birth town, Chiang Mai, as a professor at Chiang Mai University and to direct the Social Research Institute, Centre for Ethnic Studies and Development and the Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development.

The Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) was founded in 1998 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. It was first established as a response towards the importance of integrating social sciences and natural sciences in order to obtain a better understanding of sustainability. Since then, RCSD has proven to become a major regional centre by making use of research and training to developing policies and practice.

Jae Won said, “After going to CMU, we learnt so much more about the ASEAN issues, that are mainly focused on the boarders and economics. We also talked about the cultural conflicts and problems with refugees from countries that are at war. I felt ASEAN could be more focused on the minor details than what they are doing now, such as including smaller committees that can help with small scale issues.”
“Going to CMU to listen to our speaker, Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphut, was a very knowledge-gaining experience, I found the venture extremely intriguing and hope to learn more about ASEAN in future, “ Michael added.

Andrew said, “Our ASEAN experience at CMU was a very interesting as it was an afternoon in which I was able to deepen my knowledge of Southeast Asia and the issues regarding a joint commission of Southeast Asian countries.”

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Traidhos April Camp 2015 in Mae Rim

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