The Area Office 1 of Phitsanulok and the school administrators of Sapansam School, the recipient school of English For All in the north, are working hard to ready the school in preparation for the visit of Education Minister Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin on 14 September. Prior to his visit, the OBEC team from Bangkok arrived earlier this week to make sure that everything will run smoothly as planned.
In January of this year, Dr. Teerakiat visited English For All to see first hand what the project was about. After observing the way Filipino teachers handled the class and the students who came from humble background in action being able to converse in English, Dr. Teerakiat promised that he will adapt the project for school year 2018-2019, believing that the project will make an impact on majority of Thai students.
Aside from Sapansam School in Phitsanulok, there is one school in each province of Sakon Nakhon, Ayuthatya and Nakorn Si Thammarat with English For All. I have a feeling he will announce additional schools which will have English For All next term.
Anyway, I am one of the recipients. The director of Sapansam School called me two days ago and informed me that Kuya Lloyd and myself will each receive a certificate of recognition from the minister himself being the pioneer teachers of the project. I believe it’s rare for a foreigner to receive something like that from the Minister of Education of Thailand. So yeah, I’m in seventh heaven! I’ll post pictures and will also write a follow up blog post later after the event. Promise!
PS: English For All is a project which I helped initiate in 2014 together with former Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Warong Dechgitvigrom and the policy committee of the Democrat Party. This project aims to give every child access to English, which in turn could help shape the country in the future.