Official Visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for “Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth” Project in Bogor
On 18-21 November 2012 HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn made an official visit to Indonesia. Following official meetings at the Royal Thai Embassy, with H.E. Prof. Dr. Boediono (Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia), and with H.E. Prof. Dr. Ir. KH. Mohammad Nuh, DEA, HRH Princess Sirindhorn visited Public Primary School 4 Kedung Badak (Bogor City) and Public Primary School 02 Cibadak (Bogor District) which were selected to be supported for their project on “Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth”. The collaborative project between the Republic of Indonesia and the Royal Kingdom of Thailand would be implemented within the scope of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s role as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children through Education and through the Preservation of their Intangible Cultural Heritage as appointed by the then UNESCO Director-General Mr. Koichiro Matsuura in 2005.
In Bogor HRH Princess Sirindhorn was accompanied by Prof. Suyanto, PhD (Director-General for the Management of Primary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture), Prof. Dr. Arief Rachman, M.Pd. (Executive Chairman, Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO), Prof. Hubert J. Gijzen, PhD (Director and Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta), Dr. Anwar Al-Said (Head of the Education Unit, UNESCO Office, Jakarta), representatives of the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP), representatives of the Royal Thai Embassy, and other delegates. In Bogor HRH Princess Sirindhorn was welcomed by Mr. Achmat Ruyat (Deputy Mayor of Bogor City) and Ms. Fetty Qondarsyah (Head of the Bogor Education Office). At the two schools HRH Princess Sirindhorn enjoyed watching Sundanese dance performances by the students, observed classrooms, and symbolically watered trees at the schools’ lawn. The financial support granted will enable the two schools to improve sanitation, health and nutrition by establishing their own school agriculture to grow vegetables and fruits, raise their own livestock, and build proper wells, lavatories, hand washing facilities, and canteens. Support will also be given to provide counseling for the teachers, students and food sellers in the vicinity of the school on nutrition education. Although only 2 schools will be selected, however it is hoped that several of the other participating schools could also acquire support from the 2 selected schools.
In September 2011 the project “Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth” of OPSP, that has been implemented in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, expanded to Indonesia. Coordinated by the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, three public primary schools in Bogor City and four in Bogor District were selected for the principal and one teacher from each school to enhance their knowledge in Thailand, and afterwards develop a proposal to improve their school. The Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO had coordinated selection of these schools in consultation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Bogor Agricultural University (Institut Pertanian Bogor), Bogor Regency, and Municipality of Bogor.
On 21-28 January 2012 1 principal and 1 teacher from each of the 7 schools, 1 representative from the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, 1 representative of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and 1 representative from the Education Office in Bogor visited Thailand to learn the experiences of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Total School Development approach for schools in rural areas, in sub-urban settings, and in cities. Upon return, the school representatives in cooperation with Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor Regency, and Municipality of Bogor developed proposals to improve the schools in any of the following intervention areas that are needed by the respective school: school agriculture, school nutrition services, school nutrition monitoring system, school health services, Nutrition, health and hygiene education, school sanitation, school cooperatives, vocational training, national resources and environmental conservation, cultural conservation, quality education, and monitoring and evaluation.
On 22-24 October 2012 the Team from the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP), visited the seven schools to assess needs and condition of the schools, as well as accurateness of the proposals. They surveyed appropriateness of the schools to financially and technically be supported to implement their project. The Team from OPSP also made courtesy calls to the Royal Thai Embassy, Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO Office, Jakarta.
From Bogor, HRH Princess Sirindhorn continued her visit to Yogyakarta.
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