08.09.2012 - ODG

Director-General’s Visit to Thailand Showcases Literacy, ICT and Educational Leadership

© UNESCO -UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, at a community learning centre inauguration ceremony at Ban Pom CLC in Ayutthaya, with women who learn reading and writing at the CLC. September 2012.

The Director-General commended Thailand for its leadership of the global educational agenda upon her arrival in the country on 8 September for a visit during which she will open the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education and participate in International Literacy Day celebrations.

In the course of an interview, she highlighted that the Education for All movement had started in Jomtien, Thailand in 1990, and pointed to the country’s commitment to democratize education and share innovative experiences, from the Community Learning Centre model to the recently launched One Tablet per Child initiative. The country’s active engagement, said Mrs Irina Bokova, is deeply rooted in the historic value placed on education as a means to improve the lives of people.

This is one of the messages that the Director-General will convey during celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother of Thailand. Recognizing that education would help improve people’s well-being, Her Majesty devoted her life to expanding learning opportunities through a wide range of humanitarian activities. This heritage is pursued by her granddaughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children through Education and Culture, with whom the Director-General will meet during the visit.

Education will also be a focus of Mrs Bokova’s first meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, with whom she will also discuss UNESCO’s strong cooperation with Thailand in education, culture and science.

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