School farming is vital for nutritional requirements of elementary student especially the hilltop school in remote area of Thai-Laos border.
ICAP-AP Thailand Co., Ltd places importance on child and adolescent development by supporting ‘My School’s Sustainable Agriculture Project’ and repairing the Vocational Training Building at Traimitr Wittaya School in Wiang Kaen district, Chiang Rai province.
Mr Ong Eng Guan, Managing Director of ICAP-AP Thailand Co., Ltd recently leaded the ceremony to hand over ‘My School’s Sustainable Agriculture Project’ and open the new Vocational Training Building to the school.
ICAP-AP has a target to support the Thai hill tribe students to have nutritious lunch from the products of “My School’s Sustainable Agriculture for Lunch Project” and to develop the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Program and also proceed the cooperative to students and community.
For 10 years that ICAP-AP Thailand Co., Ltd has supported underprivileged children through the cooperation of World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) in the project of educational and vocational support program to students.
“We believe that giving good primary life to students will support them to be the ability leaders of community and society. ‘My School’s Sustainable Agriculture Project’ by ICAP-AP has proceeded in the comprehensive system of supporting good primary life to children to have nutritious food sources which are from their own plantation. The project also develops agriculture knowledge and increasing product value strategy. It’s not just for the student lunch but also the knowledge for their future career.” Mr Ong Eng Guan said.
“Our students are hill tribe. Their parents work as employee at the other places so children stay with grandparents and sometimes students have malnutrition. The school has to take care of child nutrition especially pre-school child so that the agriculture for lunch project is very important for students in every grade.
Students have experienced planting home-grown vegetable, breeding local chicken, planting Bhutan oyster mushroom and breeding catfish which are all beneficial knowledge for themselves and students also have lunch from their own farming products.
Furthermore, we use the Vocational Training Building to train students to prepare farming products in order to sell at the school cooperative.” Mr Thanawat Thammanuwong, Director of Traimitr Wittaya School said about the highest benefit that students have received from the Project.
Traimitr Wittaya School is a school that World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has proceeded to develop the equality of life of children, their families and community in order to fulfill many aspects of deficiency.
These are the cause of setting up ‘My School’s Sustainable Agriculture Project’ and the Vocational Training Building which have received the donation fund from ICAP-AP Thailand Co., Ltd.
The new Vocational Training Building is for primary and secondary students to practice vocational education such as dessert cooking, coffee making, herbal and fruit juice making, etc. When students graduate the ninth grade, the vocational education will support their future career or be a good foundation of higher cuisine and nutrition education.
“Children in countryside are better having vocational education than only academic learning because students will promptly get in workforce market and there is no need to study the subject that they are unskillful, and they may not be able to compete with students in the urban area. I would like to see my students have their own business or have higher education in cuisine to be a chef.” School Director, Thanawat, said about the future of his students. “I like eating sour soup with Bhutan oyster mushroom very much and thank you to support my school agriculture.” Sathita, the fourth grade girl said happily.