General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) leader, chaired a meeting at the government house on Tuesday. Before the meeting, Minister of Education Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin led two English For All students to meet the Prime Minister.
One of the two students, Nong Champ, a 5th-grade student from Wat Sao Thong Kao School and youth tour guide for Thammikawa Temple during the weekend in Ayutthaya, presented tourist attractions in his hometown using English to the delight of the Ministry of Education bigwigs. The other student, Nicha, a kindergarten 3 student at Sapansam School in Phitsanulok, introduced herself and exchanged pleasantries with the Prime Minister.
Teacher Took of Sapansam School informed me earlier that the meeting turned out well. She said that during the meeting, Prime Minister Prayuth asked the Minister of Education if the project teaches children to think and speak in English without having to translate. The Education Minister nodded his head and responded with, “The child’s speech is so natural.”
Teacher Took added that there will be 20 schools in Bangkok that are expected to run the English For All program next school year. A meeting scheduled for February 14 in Bangkok will also reveal the 20 schools on the list. It is expected that each school will hire 2 teachers. This is an opportunity for our fellow Filipinos residing in Bangkok to be part of English For All.
PS: English For All is a project I helped initiate in 2014. Last year, the Minister of Education implemented the project and chose one school in each region of Thailand (north, south, east, west) as a model school. Next school year 20 more schools will be added and, hopefully, all schools in Thailand will have it in the coming years.