12.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Visit of a Team from the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP) for "Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth" in Bogor

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On 22-26 October 2012 a Team from the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP) visited Jakarta and Bogor to further implementation of their project on "Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth".

In September 2011 the project "Improving the Quality of Life of Children and Youth" of the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP), that has been implemented in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, expanded to Indonesia.

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.

Coordinated by the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, the following seven primary schools 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:

  1. Public Primary School 5 Situ Gede (Bogor City)
  2. Public Primary School 4 Situ Gede (Bogor City)
  3. Public Primary School 4 Kedung Badak (Bogor City)
  4. Public Primary School 01 Carang Pulang (Bogor District)
  5. Public Primary School Sinar Sari (Bogor District)
  6. Public Primary School 02 Cibadak (Bogor District)
  7. Public Primary School 04 Cinangka (Bogor District)

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.

In Thailand each school also received seeds, a water dispenser, a body weight scale, a body height meter, and milk for the school children. 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:

  1. School agriculture
  2. School nutrition services
  3. School nutrition monitoring system
  4. School health services
  5. Nutrition, health and hygiene education
  6. School sanitation
  7. School cooperatives
  8. Vocational training
  9. National resources and environmental conservation
  10. Cultural conservation
  11. Quality education
  12. Monitoring and evaluation

On 22-24 October 2012 the Team from the Office of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Project (OPSP), Dr. Anwar Al-Said (Head of the Education Unit of UNESCO Office, Jakarta), representatives of the Royal Embassy of Thailand, and representatives of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO visited the first five schools to assess needs and condition of the schools, as well as accurateness of the proposals.

On 25 October 2012 the two last schools were assessed together with another UNESCO Office, Jakarta representative. 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.


In close coordination with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Royal Thai Embassy in Jakarta and UNESCO Bangkok, preparations will be made for the official visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Indonesia on 18-21 November 2012.

During this visit she will allocate a few hours to visit 1 school in Bogor City and 1 school in Bogor District which will have been selected to receive financial and technical support for their proposals. 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.




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