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UNHCR is awarded “Thailand Literacy Award 2012” from Ministry of Education and UNESCO.

Ms. Kyoko Yonezu, a representative from UNHCR received Thailand Literacy Award 2012 from Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO


UNHCR 10 September 12- UNHCR received “Thailand Literacy Award 2012” from the Ministry of Education and UNESCO for Thai language projects in refugee camps in the “Thailand Literacy Award 2012” which was held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Miracle Grand Convention.

Thailand Literacy Award is given to schools, organizations and partners that produce outstanding results and dedicate to help those who have limit opportunity to reach an education. UNHCR has supported the promotion of education to Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE) in coordination with the National Security Council since 2005. The project has operated in 8 refugee camps in Kanchanaburi, Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces and more than 13,436 people have completed the course.

Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in the Opening Ceremony ©UNHCR/S.Bhukittikul

Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said in the commemoration of International Literacy Day, "Today, I call upon stakeholders at all levels to strengthen partnerships that will accelerate quality literacy provision. It is essential that literacy programmes in coporate the values of peace, human rights and civil values, if literacy is to become a true means of empowerment. It can be the harbinger of peace and development. Let us make this happen, together and faster”.

Professor Dr. Suchart Thadathamrongvech, Minister of Education in the Opening Ceremoney "Thailand Literacy Award 2012" ©UNHCR/S.Bhukittikul

Professor Dr. Suchart Thadathamrongvech, Minister of Education addressed in the opening ceremony "Thailand Literacy Award 2012” that "literacy is important for everyone. To promote and encourage Thai people to recognize the importance of literacy, we support literacy to people of all ages, groups especially the disadvantaged target groups which include ethnic minorities through Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE)".

The objectives of Thai language project are intended to provide refugees both Thai language and culture knowledge, teach them to protect environment and reside appropriately under Thai law. The project promotes women rights which strongly encourage women to learn Thai.

Mr. Charearnchai Payi, refugee's teacher ©UNHCR/S.Bhukittikul

Mr. Charearnchai Payi, the head teacher at Mae La Ma Ruang camp concluded the importance of this project, "Thai language is very important in the camp. In addition to using it to help and protect themselves, they can earn little money and development in various areas such as being an interpreter aid agencies. Besides, some refugees who will resettle in the third country can have a job with Thai owners in those countries".

By Suchada Bhukittikul, Bangkok, Thailand